It's been a while since we announced our intention to spend a week comparing a copy of n+1 and The Believer in a week-long face off. We thought some of you might want to know what's been going on since then.
The short answer: not much.
We've still been waiting for the arrival of the latest n+1. As of this morning, the website announces it is "en route to bookstores." Apparently, copies only arrived on Friday, so it will probably take some time for them get out west.
It's worth noting, however, that within hours of my original post, a Believer editor dropped me a very friendly note, offering to send along the latest copy of The Believer. He described himself as "looking forward to Le Tour." A classy move, we thought, especially in light of our past criticisms of The Believer.
From the n+1 editors, resounding silence. Draw your own conclusions.*
Once we've got the new n+1 in hand, we'll take a week or so reading both magazines, forming our thoughts and then we'll be back to run the stages. We've even found a yellow jersey to award to the winner. Watch this space for updates ...
* And yes, we know they do read us given how they flame us whenever they're criticized. More on that in Prologue.