In March 2004, Eric D. Snider’s “Snide Remarks” relaunched as an online humor column, available only to subscribers. People actually had to PAY to read it. What’s shocking is not that Eric pulled such a stunt, but that people actually went along with it.

But now, after 2 1/2 years of exclusivity, the gates have been flung open and “Snide Remarks” is once again FREE, completely and totally. That includes access to the archives. That includes all future columns. Even if someone comes along and tells Eric, “I will pay you to write this column,” Eric will say NO. “Snide Remarks” is meant to be free, available to all people at all times. Eric is thiiiiis close to being a socialist.

Maybe you were once a “Snide Remarks” subscriber. Maybe you never did subscribe, even though you love “Snide Remarks.” Maybe you are a friend of Eric’s and have been waiting all this time for Eric to give you a complimentary subscription. MAYBE YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT “SNIDE REMARKS” IS. Maybe you are a unicorn. What do we care?

The point is, you can now visit EricDSnider.com each Monday to read a new edition of “Snide Remarks.” Since it doesn’t cost money anymore, the only possible reason you could have for not reading it is that you just don’t like it. Which is totally cool with us.

Now, Eric is going to take a break this Monday, Aug. 28, because he has been writing for 129 weeks straight and wants a vacation. But that means there are 129 archived columns waiting to be perused, columns that were once bond and are now free. Plus there are the 375 columns from before that, some of which you may have missed or forgotten.

So go ahead and spend the next eight or nine hours browsing the “Snide Remarks” archives. And then come back next Monday, Sept. 4, to read a fresh, new column. It’s free! Just remember, you get what you pay for.

The Laotian kids in Eric’s sweatshop

P.S. So that you don’t miss a column, there is a mailing list you can join that will send each new “Snide Remarks” to you the moment it is published. You can sign up (for free, duh) here.

P.P.S. Spread the word! Lots of people used to read “Snide Remarks,” and lots of them lost track of it over time. Help us get the word out about the new liberation of “Snide Remarks.”

P.P.P.S. The e-mail sent out to subscribers announcing the end of their subscriptions is here.