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As a kid I was surrounded by my dad's massive National Geographic collection, so I've always been nostalgic about it. Some of those photo essays are permanently seared in my brain (ultralights!).

A few years ago I picked up a copy at the doctor's office and had time to read an article or two. The photos were nice as ever, but the writing was depressingly shallow and facile.

Maybe they figured out long ago that most of their subscribers, like my dad, never actually read the thing.

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