Endnotes

1. Partisan Review died last year. Or maybe it was the year before last. They must have finished the final issue in the winter, when the years overlap, so it’s hard to say.

2. The A&F Quarterly also died last year, or maybe it was this year. Committed to sexing up the image of old preppie retailer Abercrombie and Fitch, the Quarterly’s final Christmas issue—celebrating group sex and ice hockey—was pulled from the shelves in the face of a massive campaign from the Christian right.

3. Through the forties and fifties, PR was the greatest of magazines. The Quarterly, for its part, was known in the late nineties for racy homoerotic photography and a fascination with Slavoj Zizek. You used to be able to buy old issues of PR at The Read, on Bedford Ave.; to see the Quarterly, you need to go to Guy Cimbalo’s apartment.

4. Guy studied art history at Harvard, moved to Los Angeles, then returned to New York to write a book column for the Quarterly. He also flew out to London last year to solicit commentary on the photography for the 2003 “Back to School” issue from Zizek. The Giant of Ljubljana was in London for a conference, and Guy stayed at the same hotel as the other conferees. “There were Czechs, and Slovaks,” he told me. “And Czechoslovaks. It was an awful hotel. I’ve never had rancid butter before, but they had it.”

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There is a kind of fake refinement that turns into a vulgarity . . . it comes from deciding what other people can’t say.

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Right now we plant democracy like an orchid and depart—leaving behind oilmen to drain nutrients out of the soil.

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The problem is hardly a lack of magazines, even literary magazines.

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In George W. Bush, we have a president for whom reading a teleprompter seems to be a physical exertion.

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Intellect did not interest them, but kids did. Childhood is still their leitmotif.

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The naked protests, which spread across the globe, were a reminder of what went unsaid.

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Reading the Weekly Standard is like stepping into a parallel universe. Not an alien one; one nicely mirrored.

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This bulking-up process has transformed the game. In fact, it threatens to render the game obsolete.

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Horse Mountain
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Eggers, Teen Idol
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Against Exercise
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The Norm
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Why Literature Matters When It's Somewhere Else
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Fontana
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Art Chronicle; or, The Icon Emigrating
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Paranoiastan
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Mogadishu, Baghdad, Troy; or, Heroes Without War
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The Black Iron Prison
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They are better than you because they act, and they will not let you forget it.

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Wallace’s opus now looks like the central American novel of the past thirty years, a dense star for lesser work to orbit.

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His characters are outsiders who create their own communities.

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April 20, 2004

But day by day it seemed less like entertainment and more like the crystallization of uglier things—a purgatorial mood.

June 24, 2010

There’s so many obvious opportunities to invest and really increase efficiency. Physically invest.

July 28, 2010

Then the next review, it’s gone down one or two. Eventually, it approaches their personality.

Issue 7 Correction

“Gosh, things are so bad, pretty soon it’s got to spread to the real economy.”

December 16, 2010

I made a lot of inaccurate predictions in the book, which we left in. I guess honesty’s important.

July 2, 2010

Shouldn’t we call the police? The regulators? Why aren’t the regulators looking?