When it comes to news, the Internet's Manute on information, but Muggsy on insight. Does Nancy Pelosi's approval rating dipping 1.3 points tell us anything novel about the State of the Union? Does Jessica Biel lamenting her own hotness tell us anything novel about the State of the Biel? Breaking down news that means something: the reinvented Newsweek.
Now on newsstands everywhere that allows newsstands, the thoughtfully overhauled Newsweek sports both a look and mission that, despite its weekly publication, actually hearken back to the legendary monthlies of old: analysis and opinion that can't be formulated in the day it takes to put out a newspaper, or the millisecond it takes to publish a blog post. With that in mind, Newsweek has dedicated itself to narratives and essays that either tell a story for the first time, or significantly advance it, rather than rehashing it until you don't even care about Miss California anymore, or her beautiful eyes that seem to peer right from the hazy mist of your ever-dispersing libido. Streamlined to four sections, the magazine packs in fresh takes on everything from French domination of Iraqi reconstruction contracts, to Leon Panetta's installment as the DCI, to President Bush's afterlife, to an Air Force One interview with President Obama that touches on Star Trek, but blessedly neglects Harrison Ford's Air Force One.
There're also lighter takes, from the Indignity Index (Wanda Sykes, Mark Cuban, Jack Bauer), to an alternate breakdown of the 2010 federal budget that'd nab one lucky American a Carnitas Burrito from Chipotle. Right now, you can nab a subscription for as low as 65 cents an issue, or 88% off the cover price -- a Muggsian expenditure whose importance is positively Manutian.