Democracy in the Tobacconist's by Jonah Goldberg. Interesting article, and although it primarily is about cigars, many of the sentiments expressed can apply to pipes as well.
Note: I am not a cigar smoker, but I have nothing against cigars. It just seems to me that the good cigars are too expensive for me to spend my money on when I can get more "smoking time" by spending my money on pipe tobacco. If someone were to offer me a cigar to sample, I would not turn it down.