Victor Navasky, publisher of The Nation, was interviewed in the Boston
Globe back on June 19.
It was a pretty short interview, but there were two bits I wanted to share.
On the Nation's circulation in the Bush era --- this could be
viewed as a positive for those of us who often find ourselves not agreeing with
the president. Navasky:
Since the start of Bush's presidency we've almost doubled our
circulation. Our last audit showed we had something like 184,000
subscribers, compared to something like 20,000 when I got there in 1978. It
has been going up steadily over the years, but it took a special leap in
this most recent period.
He quotes "Deadline Poet" Calvin Trillin describing the Nation on
the "Tonight Show." "The only magazine where the Xerox copy looks better than
the original." (People in the world of poetry small presses could, I'm sure,
point to other such magazines.)
I really admire Navasky by extension, because I admire and faithfully read the
Nation. Although I'm about a dozen issues behind right now. I
haven't throw them away yet, so don't count me out. I'm not sure I'm interested
enough in the publishing world to read his new book, "A Matter of Opinion", but
I might look into it. It's an interesting job he has, maintaining an
intellectual magazine, trying to grow its circulation while sticking to some
ideals. I do like to read about how others deal with this sticky tension
between capitalism and a "higher" purpose.