A pillar of the community churlishly asked me, just what it is I do read. Caught off guard at a public session I retreated to the political answer and since the publisher of the local paper was there I reflexively barked, 'why I read John's paper'.
However, its a question of great import and I will strive to answer.
I read a lot on-line and the only hard copy paper I ever buy is the NY Post, as I like the format and attitude.
At the Crystal Restaurant on a Saturday Morning
I read Newzjunky and by extension the publications it links to. I read the on-line WDT, and I read Liz Benjamin's blog as I find it the best summary of Albany nonsense.
Whenever I hear a word or subject I am not familiar with, I Google it, as I don't like being stumped. As a kid I read the family encyclopedias and almanacs, but those have gone the way of cursive writing.
I like some liberals and read Maureen Dowd and used to read Frank Rich when he was with the Times. I also like a Krauthammer or a Will now and then.
Needless to say I listen to a lot of talking head television and radio.
Of the paper that crosses my desk at City Hall, I pick and choose. I looked through a recent summary of legislation affecting local government and asked questions of staff on things I was interested in. Other things, you just can't take time to read it all.
The sheer volume of stuff means who have to be either a good scanner or rely on staff accounts. I often appreciation my collegues on Council having interest in some things I don't, and vice versa.
I engage in a lot of issue-oriented conversation whether on the radio...or at Pete's or just talking to customers at the Pearl Street Pub.
I support funding for libraries although I haven't signed out a book in some time....
So to answer the question of what do I read and what do I do all day.
Well, I try to keep up and am always open to viewpoints.
Save a couple other guys in town (Wright and Bartow), I am probably the most knowledgeable on political and government issues, and am always striving to be more conversant in sports as its good to be one of the guys at times.
Just try to do my best with the gifts God gave me.