Life on a Boat in the Arctic (Oh and Also Our Planet Is Melting)

Keith Gessen’s New Yorker cover story about a ship carrying iron ore from Murmansk, Russia to China via the Northern Sea Route is a must-must-must-must-read.

Here’s a fun bit of information about working on a ship: “Most of the men were on six-month contracts, with monthly pay ranging from eleven hundred dollars, for the mess boys, to around ten thousand dollars, for the captain and the chief engineer—pretty good money in the Philippines and Ukraine.”

And here’s a fun bit of information about what we’ve done to our planet: “The thickness of the ice … is also decreasing, from an average thickness of twelve feet in 1980 to half that two decades later. The primary cause of this decline is warmer air temperatures in the Arctic, an area that has been more affected by global warming than any other place on earth.”

The article is subscription-only online, so you have some options if you aren’t already subscribed: 1. Get a login from a friend (in these trying times, etc.). 2. Go buy a hard copy for $6.99 (THIS IS WHAT I DID)  3. Subscribe! It’s $60 a year. For a magazine you get every week that PAYS WRITERS TO GO ON BOATS TO THE END OF THE WORLD. They also have cartoons.

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j-i-a (#746)

I subscribe to TNY for $6.99 a month which for some reason I like more than paying $60 all at once (yes it is less efficient–but also blah blah blah logic can only take you so far blah blah) BUT ALSO Logan you can have my password any time girllll

@j-i-a I’m still scarred by the time I subscribed to The Nation in college and got put on the mailing list for every lefty cause in the universe.

Thinking about what writers get paid at big print mags is pretty interesting — I was reading a Harper’s I picked up at the airport the other day and the writer made a terrible joke, and I counted the words and thought “Wow he made like $12 for writing that awful joke.”

Spending money on sending writers to the North Pole, however: A-OK in my book.

If you have a Kindle, the subscription is a little bit cheaper – I think mine is $5.99 a month. It’s all organized nicely, you get all the cartoons, you can clip and save articles…it’s my favorite thing to use my kindle for.

iffie (#1,911)

@polka dots vs stripes And it just magically (okay, not magic through wi-fi which is like magic to me) shows up on Sunday evenings and Sunday evenings are the most perfect time for something to read to appear.

@iffie Yes I forgot about that part! You get it the second it’s released; my California self gets it sooner than my 20-minutes-outside-of-NY parents!

faustbanana (#2,376)

This will be the second Christmas in which I’ve been gifted a TNY subscription. It helps me learn things real good.

la_di_da (#1,425)

Has anyone here explored the library’s periodicals? I honestly don’t know how up to date their magazines are, but I bet it’d be there. PLUS they also have e-book and digital downloads to lend. I wonder if there’s a way to “borrow” a digital copy for an hour or so from the library. If not SOMEONE GET ON THIS!

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