I know that a lot of people on the right are savoring the demise of the newspaper industry, seeing a reliable bastion of liberal thought go down the tubes.  I happen to feel the opposite way- some of my favorite things I have ever read have been in newspapers, and I’m not sure that the medium of blogging will be as effective in making sure that this level of writing is given the audience it deserves.

Here are 5 reasons why I think I will really miss the demise of the newspaper industry:

1.  She Took the Magic and Happy Summer With Her, by the late Jim Murray, sportswriter for the L.A Times.  This is Murray’s tribute to his wife Gerry, after her passing.

2.  Her Blue Haven, by Bill Plaschke, another sportswriter for the L.A. Times.  His account of meeting a crippled Dodger fan first over the Internet, then in person at her home in Texas.

3.  Camilla’s Heavy Baggage, by John Tierney at the New York Times.  One for ladies who travel.

4.  Postures in Public, Facts in the Womb, by David Brooks at the New York Times.  This was written in response to Democratic candidates’ expressions of support for partial-birth abortion rights in 2007

5.  A New Refutation of the Very Possibility of Al Gore, by Crispin Sartwell.  This frightened me into voting for Bush in 2000, with statements such as A vote for Al Gore is a vote for the complete annihilation of all possible worlds.

I also like Thomas Friedman, George Will, and now Ross Douthat, who will be joining the NYT as a columnist next month.  I hope another business model can be developed , such as collections of locally-oriented blogs with different emphases, that will allow people to go to one place and read good writers while keeping apprised of things going on in their area.  Maybe Google Reader more or less serves that purpose.  In any case, I really believe that good writing — like any good art — should be paid for, and I worry that the Internet will not be as effective at bringing good writing to the masses as the newspaper industry was for us and those who went before us.