“The only complaints I heard came from commuters who lived at such short distances from the city that it was impractical for them to smoke opium during the trip. Some of these people said that now that they had no newspapers they were compelled to look at the scenery, which revolted them.”
—A.J. Liebling (1904-1963), journalist, writing about a New York newspaper strike, “No Papers,” in “The Wayward Press” column, The New Yorker, 1945
• Editorial Comment: With no newspaper, you have to take the Long Island RR at least to Southampton to make opium worth the effort.
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