Clarification about online/print texts

Dear Readers: We’re very grateful to everyone who’s come to the new site over the past week and written in to congratulate us on the redesign. We’re also grateful to the publications that have mentioned it on their own sites. And now a quick clarification. Because we didn’t make it entirely clear on first glance that we had made no change to our policy regarding putting the print issue online (we put three or four articles online for each issue, out of around fifteen), some publications, including Publishers Weekly, reported that we had gone ahead and placed all our content online.

n+1 . . .” an editorial director at a large literary house in New York said upon meeting us the other day. “You’ve gone online.”

The short answer is that we haven’t, or not any more than before. The longer answer is: We’d love to! We have, as we learned when we had to transfer over to the new site, a deep archive of web-only pieces, more than 300 of them, built up over the past five years. But most of the pieces that we value most highly appeared in print and are still not online. These are:

“The Weekly Standard: PoMo NeoCons”
“The NBA: Human, Not Too Human”
Mark Greif, “A Bunch of Nobodies”
Vladimir Sorokin, “The Norm”
Benjamin Kunkel, “Horse Mountain”
Sam Lipsyte, “Fontana”
Keith Gessen, “Eggers, Teen Idol”
Mark Greif, “Against Exercise”
Joshua Glenn, “The Black Iron Prison”
Mark Greif, “Mogadishu, Baghdad, Troy”
Marco Roth, “Reading Elsewhere”
Patrick Giles on James McCourt
“Happiness: A Brief History”
“The Novel: The Way Out is In”
“French Sex Novel”
Pankaj Mishra, “Among the Believers”
Daniel Smith, “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation”
Marco Roth, “Last Cigarettes”
Elif Batuman, “Babel in California”
“Trends in Network Comedy”
Benjamin Kunkel, “Diana Abbott” (On J. M. Coetzee)
Rachel Sherman, “The Reaper”
Keith Gessen, “The Vice President’s Daughter”
Mark Greif, “The Concept of Experience”
Peter Gizzi, “Three Poems”
Alexander Kluge, “At the 2003 International Security Conference”
Elaine Blair on Phillip Roth
Mark Greif on Giorgio Agamben
“A Boom Deferred”
“In the Stocks”
Michael T. Klare, “More Blood, Less Oil”
Francois Cusset, “The Chatroom Society”
Mark Greif, “Radiohead, Or, The Philosophy of Pop”
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, “Two Fairy Tales”
Pankaj Mishra, “First Love”
Benjamin Kunkel, “Or Things I Did Not Do or Say”
Andrew Bujalski, “What Indie Film?”
Walter Benn Michaels, “The Neoliberal Imagination”
J.D. Daniels, “John Thomas and Lady Jane”
James Wood, “Apologia Pro Vita Sua”
Siddhartha Deb on Salman Rushdie
Daniel Alarcon, “Note from La Paz”
Johannes Turk, “The Trouble with Being German”
Mark Greif, “Gut-Level Legislation, Or, Redistribution”
Symposium on American Literature Today (including Elif Batuman, Stephen Burt, Caleb Crain, Rodrigo Fresan, Keith Gessen, Vivian Gornick, Gerald Howard, Benjamin Kunkel, Marco Roth)
Philip Connors, “My Life and Times in American Journalism”
Mark Greif, “Afternoon of the Sex Children”
Meline Toumani, “Why Repeat These Sad Things?”
Gregoire Boullier, “The Mystery Guest”
Two stories by John Haskell
Ilya Kliger, “Melodramatic Installations”
Three stories by Rebecca Schiff
Misha Hoekstra, “The Joy of Edge Tools”
Marco Roth on Ishiguro and Houellebecq
J.D. Daniels on William T. Vollman
“The Blog Reflex”
“The Decivilizing Process”
Basharat Peer, “Papa-2”
Nancy Bauer, “Pornutopia”
Rebecca Curtis, “The Near-Son”
Eli Evans, “The Television Diaries”
Mark Greif, “Anaesthetic Ideology”
Keith Gessen, “Torture and the Known Unknowns”
Joshua Glenn, “The Argonaut Folly”
Daniel Albert on Flying Cars
Carla Blumenkranz on Not Chick Lit
“The Hype Cycle”
“The Spirit of Revival”
“What Not to Read, and How!”
“Book Review Nation”
Marco Roth, “Lower the Voting Age!”
Helen Dewitt ad Ilya Gridneff, “Your Name Here”
Caleb Crain, “Sweet Grafton”
Kirill Medvedev, “Literature Will Be Tested”
Wesley Yang, “The Face of Seung-Hui Cho”
Nikil Saval, “Birth of the Office”
Alexandra Heifetz on Indie Bookselling
“On Bolaño”
Robert Bolaño, “Los Neochilenos”
Interview with David Harvey
A. S. Hamrah, “Jessica Biel’s Hand”
Three poems by Frederick Seidel
Mark Greif, “On Food”
Thomas Bernhard, “Claus Peymann Buys Himself a Pair of Pants”
Ceridwen Dovey, “The Family Friend”
Benjamin Kunkel, “Drawn and Quartered on the Internet”
Elif Batuman, “Summer in Samarkand”
Jace Clayton/DJ Rupture, “Confessions of a DJ”
Wesley Yang on Pickup Artists
Britt Peterson on Swedish Detectives
Interview with an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager (IV)
Eli S. Evans, “Don’t Say No”
Philip Connors, “So Little to Remember”
Emily Witt, “Cinema é Luxo”
Imraan Coovadia, “A Broken Window”
Juan Villoro, “Among Friends”
Nikil Saval on the New Left Review
Nicholas Dames on Jacques Ranciere
Benjamin Kunkel, “Full Employment”
Mark Greif, “Octomom, One Year Later”
Emily Witt, “Miami Party Boom”
Elif Batuman, “Summer in Samarkand, Part II”
Sam Lipsyte, “The Blue Newt Faction”
Thomas Leveritt, “The Exchange Rate Between Lust and Money”
Carlene Bauer on Valenti and Nehring
Molly Young on Fake Food

There is some very good stuff in here, and it’s mostly by writers around 30-35 years old, that is to say at the start of their productive careers. Some of the pieces have since been republished in books, but most have not. They run between five and fifty pages; a few of them are masterpieces.

We’d love to put this all online. The trouble is, we want to continue to publish the print magazine, because just as we know there are people who only read online, we also know there are those of us who can’t or don’t want to read and enjoy a thirty-page essay on screen, no matter how well-designed. And the only way to continue to create print (not to mention pay for the basics of our mostly-volunteer organization: phone bill, office supplies, coffee) is to charge for the magazine, including the back issues (to purchase all of them right now, click here). But if someone out there would like to subsidize our putting the archive online, we would do it in a second. On the basis of several imprecise but converging calculations, we figure it’s worth $75,000. We have the files, we now have a highly readable website—it could be up by the end of next week.

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