I don't tend to go back to the same blog a second time during the day. If something happens, if I miss something on a blog I need to see, I have enough people who will send me links to it. Email is a very important news source for me. One of the routines I used to have was making a point of reading at least one foreign newspaper every day. I read the Telegraph or the Guardian on Monday, used my high school French for Le Monde on Tuesday, etc. I don't do that anymore because I have enough people who will send me articles if I don't see them.
I also use Twitter a lot. I find it a hugely valuable source. It's the way I find out what's going on in the world, fast. By the time I get emailed about things, I will have seen them on Twitter. I follow about a hundred journalists and reporters. Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper, and Matt Yglesias are all great.
One thing that I think is probably different in my news consumption from others is that I continue to read a lot of print magazines. I love the British magazine The Prospect, and I look at the Economist whenever I'm flying, which is often. I like the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, which I subscribe to. I get comped The Weekly Standard and National Review and usually take a look at them. I also read all of the major foreign policy quarterlies: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the National Interest.
I read magazines at odd moments during the day. I keep one in my briefcase for if I'm delayed anywhere, during take-off and landing, during lunch--for the nooks and crannies throughout the day. I have an iPhone, but it's such a doubtful piece of machinery for reading purposes. I just tend to read things on paper.
I'm not a big TV consumer, either. If I watch a TV clip it's usually online. I don't typically watch the Sunday shows, but I will go back and listen to them on CSPAN on Sunday afternoons while I'm cooking, driving, etc. I'm definitely a CSPAN radio person. I'll also, if I'm driving, usually try to listen to the first 15 minutes of Rush Limbaugh. That's pretty much it for talk radio. I will listen to the Laura Ingraham show though, which I like a lot since I think she solves a lot of tone issues.
I make a real point of continuing to read books, and making a real diet of them. I always read two books at the same time, one in paper and one as an audiobook. The paper one will be nonfiction and the audiobook is almost always fiction. I listen to the audiobook in the car and while working out, which I do a lot. Right now, in paper, I'm reading Max Hastings' soon-to-be released book on Winston Churchill, and on audiobook, Lord Jim.
The audiobooks are for fun. In the past two years I've worked my way through reading and rereading a lot of the classics of English and Continental literature. I read a column about how it changes your opinion of writers, listening to audiobooks. If you'd asked me my favorite 19th century novelist before the invention of the audiobook, I would have said George Eliot. Now I would say Thomas Hardy.
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