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Bad news though: that great cultural coverage you love is a horrible business decision.The Atlantic Monthly? Loses money every year. Harper’s? Heaps of debt too. The Nation? Millionaire owner. Heck, after breaking the Abu Ghraib story and owning Malcolm Gladwell for nearly a decade The New Yorker only managed to break even a couple of years ago.
In a world where giving smart people coverage of art and literature that doesn’t condescend to them is a recipe for financial ruin, we’re trying to stay afloat without piles of debt or deep pockets to fund us.
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We’re dedicated to keeping the magazine free, and we rely on donors like yourself to help us do that. Here are some of the places donations go:
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Pay writers (though we had to temporarily put this on hold because there just wasn’t enough money to keep doing it)
This is what you’re supporting:
In 2009 alone, over 100 in-depth reviews of high quality literature that is largely not getting covered elsewhere. Our reviews average 1500 words per review and are widely looked to for their quality and professionalism.
In 2009 alone, hundreds of pages of essays that are reconsidering established authors like Cormac McCarthy and exposing audiences to new authors, like Mathias Enard. These essays help develop audiences for new, important authors, and they help re-evaluate classic authors while exposing them to new audiences.
Original translations of authors not widely known in the U.S., and serializations of important fiction and non-fiction from forthcoming books
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