Not of the world . . . but like it

Sports Illustrated has a “Go Figure” column of numbers trivia. The May installment included the item, “103 new sports magazines launched in 1997, a total surpassed only by the 111 new sex-related titles.” Thoughts rushed to my mind: (1) New magazines are being launched in a time when print is supposed to be disappearing and supposedly fewer people are reading. (2) Magazines, predicted to wane, are waxing. (3) Great forests will be felled for 214 sports and sex magazines. (4) I’d better find a religious angle for my column. I’ve got it: sports and sex are the religions of many Americans. (5) I can do better than that.

 

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