Gay Talese’s Basement
Is there room in today’s magazine marketplace for a new generation of independent, creative thinkers? A 21st century Jann Wenner? How about a Gay Talese? With the popularity of magalogs, gossip rags, “aspirational” publications and magazines doubling as concert promoters, it may seem that our group of fresh-faced, wet-behind-the-ears journalists-in-training has shown up about 40 years late for the Golden Age of Magazines. Yet the New York Review of Magazines is back for a sixth year and another round of telling the stories behind the good, the bad and the awful magazines of the past year.
We also have behind-the-scenes looks at industry stories you may have missed. Bree Nordenson talks to the editor of 3rdfloor magazine about its struggle to receive nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service. Laura Johnston tells the world why bridal magazines annoy her, even though she can’t stop reading them. Dikla Kadosh sat down with reclusive writer Gay Talese and found that profiling one of the most famous profilers in American letters is as difficult as it sounds. Asa Fitch tries to discover whether Radar magazine will rise again from the ashes of two unsuccessful launches over the course of the past three years. And Eleonore Marchand speaks with Bruce Davidson about his 62-year long career.
Also look for the scoop on the quietly successful Essence Music Festival, a photo essay on the objectification of female athletes and why, in Nicole Oncina’s opinion, magazines are here to stay, no matter what the doomsayers think.
After all the hours and effort and whining that have shaped this New York Review of Magazines, we’re pretty proud of our work. We hear that magazines aren’t looking for staff writers these days, that we won’t get rich in this business, that the publications are squeezing out serious reporting. But we’re throwing our hats into the ring anyway. Because, as everyone in the magazine world knows, the volatility of this industry has never stopped anyone from falling in love with it.
THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF MAGAZINES
ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR