Free Quality Reading Online
I see a few newspaper and magazine sites that now offer free content online. Some even include archives. I think this is going to be the standard pretty soon. Many news and magazine sites have tried using a subscription service and have seen them go over like lead balloons. Here's a list of what I have found so far.
You can read the NY Times for free back to 1987
The Atlantic magazine is offering free back issues to 1995
Time magazine has an archive you can search and read back to 1923. I've done some searching and if it's not a complete archive it's pretty big.
The Boston Globe has a free archive back to 2003.
Discover magazine goes back to 1993.
The Paris Review is building an archive of the interviews.