Here is my lunch (leftover enchiladas with a fried egg on top) and Amanda Petrusich’s 9,000-word profile of Metallica in The New Yorker. Petrusich is in a handful of writers I love whose work I honor by saving it to read in print, with a pen.
This practice has become harder and harder for me to maintain.
First, almost everything shows up online before the magazine or the paper gets here. This isn’t a huge deal, it just requires a little patience, which I am happy to practice.
Second, and much worse, a lot of stuff is now edited down for print and expanded in digital. A profile will have more photos, an interview will run much longer, etc.
If you only read in print, you actually miss out on stuff.
I will often read passages from my favorite writers to remind myself how some people really just know how to give it up, by which I mean give up their secret dreaming selves, with honesty and artistry. Their example lifts me, emboldens me, when I am feeling depleted and paltry.
How on earth did I miss that quote? I thought. Because it didn’t run in the paper! It was edited out of print and only shows up on the website.
I do my best reading in print with a pen, so now I guess I have to honor my favorite writers by reading everything they write twice: once in print, and once in digital to discover the bits the publication cut for print.
— Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) December 12, 2022