Monday, January 31st, 2011

On Being Laid Off from Harper's

"Life at a publication such as Harper’s is far from easy. The pay is bad, chances for advancement are almost nonexistent (during my tenure at the magazine, only two people on the editorial staff received a promotion due to merit rather than attrition; I was one them), and with each day, the sense that the magazine and the nation’s readers hold less and less in common only seems to increase."
Theodore Ross on having just been laid off from Harper's after six years.

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HiredGoons (#603)

I would like to read one ONE god damned news article that does not mention Facebook even obliquely.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I read that column by the publisher he linked to, and whooooo boy he is not exaggerating the audience disconnect.

Pop Socket (#187)

Harpers is still in print? It's the New Yorker for people with short(er) attention spans.

They need to focus on brand value by quit publishing the magazine and only put out the Index.

Man, Harper's lost me somewhere around 1996 and their 594th cover story about how shitty and illegitimate the Bush Administration was, and how the war in Iraq was illegal and entered into under false pretenses, and how torture is bad, etc. and so on.

Hey, Harper's editors! If I'm reading your shitty magazine I probably already agree with you. This, of course, gets to my problem with a lot of old-guard lefty journalism: you keep telling me shit I already know as if it's a profound revelation you only just discovered.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

We don't give these guys enough credit. They traveled back in time to warn us, but did we listen?

deepomega (#1,720)

"Come with me if you want to rail against the rethuglicans!"

D'oh! I meant 2006. Oh man, I'm getting old.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

To be fair: if they wanted to warn us in 1996, Carson Daly would have been a better venue than Harper's.

HiredGoons (#603)

My subscription lapsed, and yet have yet to renew it.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Right. So. Recommendations?

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