"What does it mean that we lose the cherished reading object we hold in our hands? What does it mean that our children do not see us begin and end our days with a newspaper, modeling the importance, not only of reading, but of civic engagement itself?" — Former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson on her WWNO-FM show The Reading Life, addressing plans by Advance Publications to print the Times-Picayune only three times a week starting this fall.
"Save my voice, my lungs and my thumbs, and I promise to change the world." — Former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, in a May 31 speech at the United Nations building in New York, as reported by WWL-TV. Gleason, who has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), was appealing to corporate executives and foundation heads, hoping to raise money and awareness to fight ALS. Gleason's voice is being saved on computer in hopes that when he no longer can speak, a computerized voice box can do so for him.