Saturday, October 16, 2010

Among the Believers - New York Times

Among the Believers - New York Times

My friend Denis Wood was just interviewed by The Believer, and I am embarrassed to say that I was not aware of the magazine so I thought I'd share. Like the author of this 2005 New York Times article about magazines that insist on printing in the age of blogs, I remain fascinated. Excerpt from the article:

These, at least, seem to be among the ambitions driving The Believer and n+1. Their editors are young, and their circulations are not large. (It may, indeed, be hard to find these publications outside of independent bookstores in larger cities and college towns.) The names of the writers who contribute to them are, for the most part, not well known: first- or second-time novelists, graduate students and moonlighting academic mavericks, with an occasional celebrity professor or foreign writer thrown in for good measure. Modest though the magazines are in scale and appearance, there is nonetheless something stirringly immodest - something "authentic and delirious," as e.e. cummings once wrote - about what they are trying to do, which is to organize a generational struggle against laziness and cynicism, to raise once again the banners of creative enthusiasm and intellectual engagement.

Indeed there is something precious about getting away from this computer, kicking up my feet, and thumbing through the pages of a good magazine...or having it handy and light-weight to be taken on Berlin's u-bahns. Glad to see that The Believer is still going strong.

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