It turns out that most of the problems I wrote about in I Failed at Using Elfeed as My RSS Reader were due to the “improvements” introduced by the elfeed-goodies package. Removing that package made Elfeed behave as I’d expect, and now I’m reading feeds in Emacs again :)

This isn’t likely to replace NetNewsWire for the majority of my read-for-pleasure feeds, but it’s quite nice for cranking through more “transactional” feeds.