A Dutch newspaper gives real meaning to the term ‘widely read’

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A cousin who was passing through Schiphol over the weekend bought me a copy of my favorite newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad. I haven’t had time to actually read it yet, but I was immediately struck with how the NRC, always one of the widest newspapers on the planet, has so far resisted the trend toward skinnification. Next to the Wall Street Journal, which used to be the widest of American papers, the NRC now looks positively giant:


No, it’s not the most convenient of formats. (I may bring the paper with me on the subway this morning and see how many people I can irritate by opening it up.) But it looks great, doesn’t it?