Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
cigar case, Summer 93
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Congratulations on the unprecedented success of your new publication. Perhaps most striking is the extensive letters section--very appropriately titled, I must add--which shows beyond a doubt that CIGAR AFICIONADO already possesses one of the most dedicated readerships of any magazine on the stands.
My impressions concerning this phenomenon are twofold. First, an unknown number of viciously suppressed human beings have suddenly discovered that there exist others of their kind. Yes! CIGAR AFICIONADO functions as a kind of support group for these persecuted individuals who know in their hearts that they are not the criminals and blasphemers our "enlightened" society labels them but, rather, connoisseurs of fine natural products which are lovingly made by some of the finest craftsmen on earth. We do not merely wish to create additional suffering for our spouses, friends and the occasional self-righteous bystander (although at certain moments this can have appreciable value); no, it is simply that we are in love with something we find beautiful and, somehow, true. What punishment for this is that?
Second, you must realize that your original demographics have proved inaccurate. The bank president or CEO-god bless them, it's a free country as they say-- who consume four $5 cigars a week when their wives are out is no economic competition for someone like myself, a relatively low-income artist who requires 180-200 quality cigars a month. Let your advertisers take heed! Even the impecunious may be possessed of taste and style, as you are quickly discovering.
Last, I wish to confirm the experience many readers have attested to--that your magazine makes me...yes, happy!
I just grin from ear to ear as I peruse each issue. So my personal thanks to you for starting the only club I have yet exhibited an interest in joining.
New York, New York
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