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Richard Walker Sch­ene­vus, New York

Ilive in ru­ral up­state New York and I get my Guardians from my English friend and neigh­bour, Fiona DeJardin – art his­to­rian, bead maker and mas­ter gar­dener. Every few weeks I’ll col­lect my copies and, if lucky, a dozen fresh eggs from her chick­ens. I chip in a lit­tle to help with the sub­scrip­tion, but she gets them first and the puz­zles have al­ready all been com­pleted. I count on the Guardian for world news and en­light­ened view­points. And I es­pe­cially savour the colour pho­to­graphs, which en­able me to imag­ine that I’m part of a grander tableau.

My affin­ity for the Guardian goes back to my youth. I grew up in New York City dur­ing the 1950s and 60s, and our fam­ily got three to four pa­pers daily. But my fa­ther, a pros­per­ous busi­ness­man, had a friend from his more rad­i­cal youth – Joseph Ros­ner, a writer who lived in Green­wich Vil­lage.

I re­mem­ber that every few weeks when he came for a visit, he would bring my dad a stack of Manch­ester Guardian Week­lies, which he en­cour­aged me to read as well. I learned to ap­pre­ci­ate the broader world per­spec­tive, the wit and es­pe­cially the lan­guage.

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