Curtis Sliwa of the Guardian Angels: “When I hold the papers, I’m the king of the world.”

From a New York Times feature “Here’s What New Yorkers Really Miss”—this is from Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels and talk radio host:

Mornings for Mr. Sliwa have always meant the same thing: a hot cup of coffee, a twice-toasted bagel with cream cheese, his nine cats and his four favorite newspapers — The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

But with businesses shut down because of the outbreak, Mr. Sliwa, who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has been having trouble finding copies of the papers. The kiosks in his neighborhood are closed. The local grocery stores might have one or two, but not the others. Do not attempt to tell Mr. Sliwa that he could find what he wants on the internet. Reading the news online is not the same, he said.

“I love going through the papers by hand — the feel of them, it fulfills me,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter how many bill collectors are chasing me or how many ex-wives are screaming for support, when I hold the papers, I’m the king of the world. And now they’re gone.”

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