Dear NYT: how can an "almost forgotten magazine" also have "the largest paid circulation in the world"?? http://tinyurl.com/ykc76sb— Kathy Shaidle (@kshaidle) February 22, 2010
I knew before I clicked that she meant the Reader's Digest. Since I'm not limited to 140 characters, I'll tell you that the NYT story is called Reader's Digest and Life in These United States, By Peter Applebome, February 21, 2010.
It's datelined Chappaqua, N.Y, the headquarters of Reader's Digest, but of course the Digest is not just a Chappaqua phenomenon—it's popular everywhere in America. But not in New York, which doesn't consider itself part of America. In the 1980s, Susan Sontag told a rally in support of Solidarity that
"Imagine, if you will, someone who read only the Reader's Digest between 1950 and 1970, and someone who read only the Nation or the New Statesman. Which reader would have been better informed about the realities of Communism? The answer, I think, should give us pause. Could it be that our enemies were right?" Susan Sontag, quoted in Time Magazine, March 15, 1982Yes, of course we were right. And her point also applies to the New York Times.