Salon wants to eliminate your big but

Get more from Salon Premium, pay less: A letter from the publisher.

By Salon Staff
Published June 4, 2003 9:20PM (EDT)

Dear Salon Reader:

Do you remember this exchange between Pee-wee Herman and his girlfriend, Simone, in the cult classic "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"?

Simone: "I know you're right, Pee-wee, but ..."

Pee-wee: "But what? Everyone I know has a big but. C'mon Simone, let's talk about your big but."

Well, gentle reader, we'd like to eliminate your "big but" when it comes to subscribing to Salon Premium. To make a subscription too irresistible for you to postpone any longer, we're rolling out some great new benefits.


While Salon Premium can already be had for as little as $18.50 a year (5" a day), we continue to hear from some of you that it's still too expensive. OK, then -- how does an annual subscription for $1 grab you?

To take advantage of this offer, all you need to do is subscribe using our no-annual-fee Salon Visa card. Again, the card carries no annual fee and a low interest rate. Plus it looks fantastic. Click here to apply. It only takes a moment or two and gets you all the benefits of Salon Premium -- the free magazines, the ad-free reading environment, everything -- for just $1.


We know that Salon readers pride themselves on being at the vanguard. Now you can burnish your "ahead-of-the-curve" reputation and save some money in the process.

When you select an annual Salon Premium subscription we'll also give you a $25 gift voucher from on any ticket purchase of $100 using its service (and let's face it, a few tickets to just about any event is going to run close to $100 these days). Whether it's tickets to catch the Strokes on tour, Cirque du Soleil under the big top or your favorite baseball team under the lights, you'll save $25 right off the top as part of your Premium subscription. If you subscribe at the $18.50 level, your subscription will have already paid for itself with the savings from this voucher. Subscribe today by clicking here.

These new goodies are in addition to the many popular services Premium subscribers already enjoy. Magazine subscriptions to Utne and Mother Jones. Special audiobook downloads like Anne Lamott's "Word by Word." Discounts on Salon classes, gift subscriptions and more.

And then there's the main event, our writing, which you simply can't find anyplace else. A Premium subscription gives you unfettered access to Salon's acclaimed articles, commentary and cartoons, and the pride in knowing you're making the publication of this inimitable information and entertainment possible.

Subscribe to Salon Premium today and start enjoying all our great new benefits by taking a stand to support Salon's quality independent journalism.

Best regards,

Michael O'Donnell
President & CEO,

P.S. Interested in being able to read the full text of Salon articles on your PDA or cellphone? We'll be rolling out that great new feature for Salon Premium subscribers in the coming weeks. If you're interested in being contacted when this new benefit goes live just e-mail us at

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