josh (joshc) wrote,

weblogs, journals, magazines, et c.

This, from A.O. Scott's compare-and-contrast of the Believer and n + 1 in this Sunday's New York Times magazine:
If you are an overeducated (or at least a semi-overeducated) youngish person with a sleep disorder and a surfeit of opinions, the thing to do, after all, is to start a blog. There are no printing costs, no mailing lists, and the medium offers instant membership in a welcoming herd of independent minds who will put you in their links columns if you put them in yours. Blogs embody and perpetuate a discourse based on speed, topicality, cleverness and contention - all qualities very much ascendant in American media culture these days. To start a little magazine, then . . . is, at least in part, to lodge a protest against the tyranny of timeliness. [nyt]
One sort of weird thing that he misses in discussing the similarities and differences of the two journals is that the first issue of n + 1 included a lengthy essay about Gary Baum, a high-school kid whose My Manifesto website obsessively catalogued and criticized the post-A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers Phenomenon. That article is probably the only reason that I read n + 1, which might not make me the editor's ideal target audience.

Scott's essay also mentions McSweeney's as a "typographically adventurous" publication, which is not quite as strange as the Coldplay--Radiohead comparison, but still seems a bit off.
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