In terms of magazines, I get the New Yorker, and there’s always some splendid stuff in there. I don’t read it every week, but I enjoy what I get from it. I’ll sometimes read The Atlantic and the National Review, the New Republic, and The Spectator from the U.K. I’ve occasionally had a subscription to Rolling Stone, but not for a few years now, and I also occasionally read Vanity Fair and New York magazine. There’s far, far too much good journalism around for one to be in any way comprehensive. You just have to pick and choose and hope you get a good cross-section, and get the must-reads via your Twitter and Facebook friends.
While I watch very little TV, I watch it primarily for sport and I do like watching American football. I have been coming to North America since I was a quite a small boy and since then, have supported the Dallas Cowboys. Once one has decided which tribe one belongs to, you get more and more patriotic and fervent in support of that tribe. I watch Dallas Cowboys games whenever I can. I find myself switching between English and American vocabulary on that. I went to my eight-year-old daughter’s soccer game recently and in talking to her referred to it as “football.” She gave me a very peculiar look. I’ll watch the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, and I tend to keep an eye on what’s going on, on Sunday mornings on the political talk shows. Obviously, one can also pick that up on C-SPAN later. When I listen to the radio it’s usually not for news, it’s for classical music.
For fun, I read very widely, both fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy history and political history, and I just read a collection of letters great Americans have written to their children called Posterity. They’re just marvelous letters; sometimes encouraging letters, sometimes reprimanding letters. I was reading one from Theodore Roosevelt to his son, Kermit, and he was just talking about how puzzling it was to be president, that the challenges were very difficult, which was a rather nice way of describing it. I’ve been reading Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, including one called "A Good Man is Hard to Find." She’s a fabulous writer, but you have to be in a fairly robust mood to read them because they’re so haunting and grim, in some ways. If I could only read three news outlets for the rest of my life, they would be The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, and The Hill. Naturally.
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