"A Fine Whine" is an occasional department about the hassles of modern life. What follows is an e-mail exchange about subscribing to Slate. Mark Lundgren lives in Houston. Steve Tapia is a Microsoft corporate attorney.
From: Mark LundgrenSent: Friday, February 20, 1998 7:32 AMTo: email@example.com
I started to subscribe to SLATE, but changed my mind once I hit the agreement. I don't have time to consult a lawyer about a subscription. I'll pass.
From: Seth Stevenson Sent: Friday, February 20, 1998 7:56 AMTo: Rogers Weed; Joel Oleson
lots of people have been griping about the big brother-ish language of the subscription agreement
From: Steve Tapia Sent: Monday, February 23, 1998 3:07 PM To: Mark Lundgren
I hope I may ask for a moment of your time.