March 19, 2007

Magazines

What is a magazine?

My friend Samir Husni in Mississippi has re-launched his website and has a revitalised blog. A recent post invites opinion on a favourite subject of mine: What is a magazine?

I am happy to keep the definition as open as possible, agreeing with my Colophon colleague Andrew that the main quality is that of being part of a series, however irregularly that series appears. A secondary definition probably involves something to do with reflection – a magazine responds to events in time rather than join the newspaper’s instant buzz of facts. Which is one reason why, as the web takes over the job of news updates, we are beginning to talk of newspapers becoming magazines.

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