I Live in a Civilized Place

Life is too short to be lived without daily comics.

I am a fan of The New York Times, but it takes life too seriously: No comics. But then none of the newspapers in New York give much due to this essential element of good living.

This is one reason I say that Richmond is a more culturally rich town than New York (and the arts here are wonderful, too, and far more accessible than New York). I am not a great fan of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, but they do have one thing going for them: a full range of comics every day.

What a difference it makes in the day if, instead of reading the headlines–or the editorials–first, you turn to the comics, to connect to people whose foibles amuse, peccadilloes amaze, and triumphs inspire you? I start my day catching up on Sally Forth and Ted and the kids, Dilbert and the wierdos, Judge Parker and his moneyed circle, Dr. Morgan and June and the gang, Funky Winkerbean, Elly and John and the tribe at For Better or for Worse, and even the often strange doings on Non Sequitur.  And everyday I identify more and more with Pluggers.

I don’t know how I survived all those years in New York without comics. Thank God I live in a civilized place now.