My email client is called mutt. It's a bazillion times faster than that crap my old email address is on called Lycos. I'm signed up to newsgroups and mailing lists so there's just no way in hell I would get through them in time on any graphical web client. Those things are a pain in the butt to use, especially if you only have a trackpad.
1 "text only" comes out as times new ( looks great on paper and godawful on a screen) roman
No. See screenshots.
2 the vast majority of newsletters are html anyway and most provide a link to the online version (html) for text only folks, because if your email is set to text only you will usually see a mess
This is fine for me. If they send me HTML I get a bunch of HTML, which I usually don't bother trying to figure out where the actual text is between tags. Usually these emails are created in some horrid Microsoft product so there's a lot of mso-prefixed junk.
[Imagine a magazine with nothing but print. No one would buy it.]
I do, from time to time. Though they're usually a little thicker and have harder covers, and cost quite a bit more money than the things with the pictures in them. But the content is better.
Here is my mail index. Victims' names smushed for protection:
Here is a newsletter I actually signed up for (99% of newsletters I get, I did not sign up for. I was merely unfortunate enough to have used the service once, long ago). You can tell they use some automated generator because this is a Dutch newsletter for Dutch-speaking people, but the default is English. Fail.
The link (smudged because we pay for it) is simply to a protected, normal HTML webpage on their site which has images and everything. Since the page is regular HTML, and expects to be seen by web browsers rather than email clients, they honestly didn't have to worry about making an HTML email that works in all clients. I assume they tried anyway, for those who want to read whole web pages in their mail client, but honestly I can't see myself enjoying that much.
My bank sends me text newsletters. After each subject, there's usually a link to the bank site with more information about the whatever.
Instead of fighting the innumerable bad email clients, try Campaign Monitor instead.