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All year we’ve been covering the issues that matter most to you—the pandemic, the election, policing, housing, and more—and now our end of year membership campaign is here. Will you support our work to ensure we can bring you the same informative local reporting in 2021?

That’s the question that attaches to the following passage:

Here are some things you can do at the Maryland Renaissance Festival: You can drench a wench. You can hurl hatchets at tree stumps with red targets painted on them. You can ride elephants. You can participate in a game called rat-pucking, punting stuffed-rat toys across a lawn toward the gathered apron skirts of a matron assigned as the target. You can buy little puffy-tipped horns and walk around for the rest of the day with them attached to either side of your head, and no one will look at you funny. You can coast down a long wooden slide. You can’t carry a sword, or even a realistic-looking fake, but you can buy a dull-edged wooden one to go with your knight’s hood. You can attend lectures about Tudor-era crime and punishment, or medieval fashion. You (meaning you, legal adult) can walk around drinking a beer in what feels like a small town.

Well, the answer may not surprise those who’ve been following the new Washington Post Magazine.

The late-September re-launch of this not-that-storied publication was supposed to make it more friendly to both readers and advertisers. Shorter and lighter pieces, it was thought, would lead to a more profitable magazine, putting the Post a touch closer to viability in these terrible times for newspapers.

OK, fine. But do you really have to put the advertisement right in the article?

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