New @TAC

The forthcoming issue of The American Conservative went to press yesterday. It includes Nick von Hoffman and Wilson Burman on the Bear Stearns debacle and what it means; Steve Sailer on Obama’s ambiguous views on race; Kelley Vlahos on women in combat in Iraq; Allan Carlson on the Dixiecrats’ revenge; Phil Giraldi on Admiral Fallon; Michael Brendan Dougherty on the virtue of men’s magazines; Freddy Gray on the pope’s upcoming U.S. visit; reviews by Piers Paul Read, Wayne Merry, and Paul Gottfried; columns by Patrick Buchanan, Daniel Larison, and Fred Reed; and a whole lot more.

There should be something new on the website later today — and not just articles. Keep your eyes peeled.

Update: Look for those website changes on Monday.

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4 thoughts on “New @TAC

  1. Brent Burk March 29, 2008 / 3:34 am

    Question:

    Why does it take, what, 2 weeks to write produce and send? It says I should get it on Monday (March 24th issue) but I don’t usually get them till Thursday.

    Also, will the magazine always be content? When I first got it I was kinda expecting it to be glossy and glamorous, though it makes up for it with the content :).

  2. Daniel McCarthy March 30, 2008 / 12:05 am

    The issue that went to print on Thursday is the April 7 issue. The actual turnaround from the printers is not so bad: we send the files to them on a Thursday afternoon and they have finished issues to us by Tuesday (usually) or Wednesday (if there’s a holiday or other disruption). Subscribers’ copies and copies for bookstores are sent out at the same time. Unfortunately, the subscriber copies are at the mercy of the U.S. Postal Service, which isn’t speedy about delivering periodicals (and exactly how long they take depends on where you live).

    On the writing and editorial side, there’s a lot that goes on in every two-week cycle: assigning articles, writing them, several rounds of editing, meetings to consolidate edits and put together ideas for the 14 Days section, writing headlines and decks and whatnot, etc. There are just four full-time editors at TAC, and we’re quite efficient. The Weekly Standard is, as its name suggests, weekly, but they have a battalion of editors and staff writers paid for with Rupert Murdoch’s money.

    TAC does put a great emphasis on content than design, but this is pretty standard among political magazines. The Nation or National Review aren’t loaded with artwork either, although NR does (or used to) have a section in the middle collecting editorial cartoons that have appeared in the past few weeks. Glossy paper and color images actually add very significantly to the production costs of a magazine, which is why the only serious (or semi-serious) magazines that have them tend to be firmly established brands like The Atlantic and Harper’s. They lose money too — to the tune of several millions, in The Atlantic’s case — but they’ve been around long enough that they can handle the deficit.

  3. Brent Burk March 30, 2008 / 3:05 pm

    That’s what I figured. The reason I asked is because I got a free copy of The Atlas’ The New Individualist and it was pretty glossy and what not, and I didn’t think they were that big. They even manage to give out free issues to college students. Though, there are only 11 issues a year rather than every 2 weeks.

    By the way, after reading the Individualist, I get the sense that Objectivist are the neoconservatives of the libertarian movement.

  4. Daniel McCarthy March 31, 2008 / 4:45 pm

    The New Individualist is a peculiar magazine. You’re right to think of Objectivists as being like neocons, although I believe there are some dissident Objectivists who aren’t so irrational.

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