Magazine article Tikkun

A Matter of Opinion

Magazine article Tikkun

A Matter of Opinion

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A MATTER OF OPINION, by VictorS. Navasky. Picador, 2006 (paperback edition)

THE NATION WAS founded in 1865, pledging to "apply reason, logic, criticism, moral criticism, to the key problems of the day," and from the start the publication lost nearly $5,000 a month. When Victor Navasky-an author and former editor with the New York Times Magazine-joined the weekly as editor in 1978, it was losing $125,000 a year. In 1995, when The Nation was losing $500,000 per year, he orchestrated its purchase from billionaire Arthur Carter and took on the role of publisher. With Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and President Teresa Stack, Navasky led The Nation to the brink of solvency and peak in circulation, if not necessarily its greatest influence.

"It used to be said that book publishing was a gentleman's profession," writes Navasky in his memoir A Matter of Opinion. "After sixteen years editing The Nation, I could see why nobody ever said that about publishing journals of opinion."

While A Matter of Opinion is the rough-and-tumble story of The Nation under Navasky's mercurial leadership, it is also an extended meditation on the role of the stand-alone magazine of opinion. …

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