IT JUST SEEMS LIKE IT’S $20….I think what Kevin meant to say in his enthusiasm is that when you subscribe to The Washington Monthly, it seems like you only spent twenty dollars–instead of the $29.95 actual sticker price (which is still quite a deal)–because of all the astounding investigative pieces, insightful analysis, and witty commentaries jam-packed into one magazine. “How can they possibly do all this on my $29.95?” you ask yourself.

Well, one thing you can be sure of is that when you subscribe to The Washington Monthly, your hard-earned dollars are not going to subsidize the extravagant salaries of overpaid elite journalists. It’s all substance, my friends. How do we do it? Frankly, we basically live on nothing but popcorn. But we do it for you, the readers. You’re not going to find that kind of dedication at one of those namby-pamby political magazines with fancy “designers” and “travel budgets” and “desks.”

So go ahead and press that button. You’ll have our thanks, our gratitude, and one damn fine magazine.

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Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.