Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Cast of Characters

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Cast of Characters

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You may notice, back on page 2 of this issue, that we have made changes to die masdiead- adding some new positions and rearranging some old. As we work out the adjustments necessary to keep First Things on course, other changes wül no doubt come along, but we are enormously grateful to all those who have ralUed now to the magazine's support.

The first to join us in the office is a new associate editor, David P. Goldman. He was trained in Renaissance history and philosophy, particularly music theory, and he stiU serves as a governor of the Mannes College of Music. But his career has been spent mostly in finance, holding senior positions at Bank of America, Credit Suisse, and Bear Stearns, and he has written widely on financial topics, including a seven-year stint as a columnist for Forbes.

Along the way, however, he has been writing popular weekly columns for the Asia Times, aU published under the pseudonym "Spengler." The name, he explains, began as a joke- the author of Decline of the West as an Asian newspaper columnist- but it had a serious side: to call attention to the impact of the culture of deadi on the viabiUty of modern nations. After a few years' acquaintance, we convinced him to emerge from his pseudonym and join us full-time at First Things. Deeply involved in Jewish issues, he worships at the Synagogue Or Zarua in New York.

The second to join us is another new associate editor, RusseU E. Saltzman, the pastor of Ruskin Heights Ludieran Church in Kansas City, Missouri, who has graciously agreed to work at First Things while on his sabbatical. Readers may recognize him as the longtime editor of the Lutheran Forum Letter, which he took over in 1990 when the previous editor, Richard John Neuhaus, left to start another magazine. Ordained in 1980, Pastor Saltzman has served parishes in Nebraska, Illinois, and South Carolina. Before entering seminary he worked as a newspaper reporter, a press secretary to a U.S. congressman, and deputy secretary of state for legislative affairs in Kansas.

This spring we wül be launching a redesigned and much-improved website, and joining us to manage it aU is our new web editor, Joe Carter. An adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry CoUege, he was a fifteen-year Marine Corps veteran and managing editor of the online magazine Cukurell. …

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