Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Convenience trumps principle
I am ashamed to admit that when I went to the corner news/cigarette kiosk just now for stamps, I said absolutely nothing when Rose handed me these. I have just sent off a round of bill payments with the uncannily cheery and plastic-looking face of Ronald Reagan on the upper-right-hand corner. Aside from the political problem, I think all stamps with large human faces are grotesque--I had some other ones recently from the same source, I think they were Moss Hart, there's something very nasty about the effect. They are also the wrong size for bill-paying, which along with letters of recommendation is about the only thing I use stamps for these days. Really the best stamps have things like wildflowers or model trains on them, flags aren't my cup of tea either but it is too much trouble to wait in line at the wretched post office for the good ones.