LADY CROOM: But surely a hermit who takes a newspaper is not a hermit in whom one can have complete confidence.

— Tom Stoppard, Arcadia, act II, scene 7

I have never subscribed to a newspaper, but I do check in with multiple blogs each day. What can I say? I’m more inclined toward pantheism than otherworldly asceticism. Just because I don’t want to interact with most people doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy observing them from a distance. The world, with all its folly and frivolity, still deserves some love, and as Lou Barlow sang, hypocrites like us deserve a little trust along the way.