I want to subscribe to a news publication, printed on paper, that will be delivered in the (United States) mail (remember that? neat service!). I'm looking for your recommendations for something that will make me happy in a few different ways:
Wait! Please read to the end of the question before you tell me what you love to read, because this will be for more than just reading, and the stuff at the end is really more important, and harder to find.
I'm going to use this publication in 2 ways. First, I'll read some of it to learn some interesting things about what's happening in the world. A global focus would be a bonus, but isn't essential. I also enjoy some science, more at a college than graduate level. Or maybe law. And I also like eccentric trade journals and local papers (from anywhere).
Editorially, the slant should NOT be right wing. Almost anything else will do -- centerish, left, Communist, oddball, eclectic. I just need to avoid anything that will consistently make me so mad I want to spit nails. Narrow-mindedness and misogyny make me that mad, so those qualities would be disqualifiers.
The second purpose makes things more difficult. I'm going to use the publication as a base for keeping personal journals. The result will be a little bit like Nancy Chunn's book, Front Pages
, or this Smash Folio.
So the quality of the paper and the binding matter even more than the content. I could reinforce the covers or binding if needed, so paper is the trump card.
Some of my additions will be written (in ballpoint ink) on other pieces of paper, which will be attached to the journal pages. Sometimes I'll want to write directly on the printed pages. So it needs to be a paper that takes ink without smudging, and when I stick a Post-It on it, it will be inclined to stay put. So, not glossy. Also, not too heavy -- these will accunulate, and I need to able to lift them. Color or B+W is not critical, nor is size, though broadsheet would be awkwardly large.