Saturday, October 25, 2008

Heading In The Wrong Direction

After cancelling my subscription to the New Statesman earlier this year I continued to read the articles filed by the magazine's US editor Andrew Stephen online. Always well-researched, clearly presented & cogently argued, Stephen's pieces were a joy to read. Sadly, he has now resigned from the magazine ( ).
Former editor John Kampfner has been replaced by Jason Cowley, latterly of Granta. Cowley has stated his wish for the New Statesman to have "intelligent writing", a quality which certainly has its place in a literary periodical like Granta, yet is not necessarily what the NS should be about.

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