The “Reimagined” New York Times Magazine

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The “Reimagined” New York Times Magazine (below, in the image above). It finally came –- 218 pages, stuffed with ads.

The crossword puzzle is still there, plus some easier puzzles as a “gateway” for readers.  The magazine opens with a dissertation on new concepts for columns, new writers, new typefaces, new page designs, a heavier paper stock, and new ideas about the relationship between print and digital.  Then we have articles on “staying power,” the unrequited love of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, photography, interval training, cocktail literature,  Neopolitan food, vertigo, ghosts, razor walls in Pakistan, the rise of the democracy movement in Hong Kong, 168 hours of Russian TV, a female commando in the Congo and airbnb in Japan, new faces of France’s National Front, and Rio’s favelas –- with generally unfamiliar bylines.

This may well be a generational issue, but I couldn’t find an article I wanted to read.  When New York was launched in the 1960s as a supplement to the old Herald Tribune, Clay Felker and Milton Glaser introduced New Journalism writers like Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Gail Sheehy and Nora Ephron.  It sparkled with fascinating subjects and fresh writing, and it reimagined journalism.

The reimagined Times Magazine shows little imagination and less excitement.

Ken Roman

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2 Responses to “The “Reimagined” New York Times Magazine”

  1. I couldn’t agree more. But my biggest complaint is that the new paper makes doing the crossword very difficult if you use a pencil, which I do — harder to see what you have written, harder to erase.
    Speaking of generation things, the puzzle is getting more esoteric for anyone who isn’t up on rap stars, which I suspect is most of us.
    Lois Horgan

  2. That’s why Ellen Roman likes the puzzle in FRIDAY Wall Street Journal.

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