El Pais, which I regard as the world's best newspaper, has just laid off 106 of its staff.
This is a devastating blow for the journalists involved, and gloomy news for me.
I had somehow thoughtlessly imagined that Pais was doing OK.
What I like about Pais is not only its appearance and content, but the fact that, if - for example - Neitzsche is mentioned in an article, it is assumed that the reader knows who he is, and doesn't need an explanation.
It seems the days of newspapers, that is news on paper, really are numbered.
Information comes quicker, easier, and - above all - cheaper off the web.
Of course newspapers have no more right to survive indefinitely than did steam trains or typewriters.
But it is sad.
And how fortunate I was during my time.
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