Saturday, July 23, 2016

Quote of the Day (Richard Brookhiser, on City Newsstands)

“Why would anyone want to use a newsstand? The pleasure of service counts for something. Thousands at your bidding do not speed, but this man behind his counter will, if you give him a dollar. Newsstands made a show of plenitude. Their wares were on display, from broadsheet seriousness to tabloid shout. Newsstands made you feel on top of things, even when you were in motion. Hurrying to an appointment, plunging into a subway, you could tell at a glance, even if you did not spring for a paper, what the headlines were. Just as promoters of plays used to cover the board walls around construction sites with one, two, three, ten, 20 posters, to satisfy the eye on the move, so a scattering of newsstands along your daily commute served the same function.” — Richard Brookhiser, on city newsstands, in “Black and White and Read: All Over,” National Review, June 13, 2016

(Photo of Richard Brookhiser discussing his book James Madison at the Miller Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, December 9, 2011)

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