February 27, 2004


Pierre Menard

"hopelessly utopian" at $20 a pop? I can subscribe to The New Yorker for less than $1 an issue. Will Weschler be 20x better?


No different from the $20/issue of McSweeney's, Pierre. Personally, I hope Weschler gets the cash. The magazine climate needs new blood and the Believer/McSwee people need to be kept on their toes. They have no edge. And I think Weschler might be the guy to do it.

R Birnbaum

Weschler is both a wonderful writer and a smart and sensitive journalist and for anyone to fail to acknowledge that is as , uh, wrong-headed as calling Dale Peck stupid.

Plus, what's the urgency to weigh in with humorless (and useless) speculation —either Omnivore will deliver the goods or not.

Self appointed web pundits are starting to sound like Soviet political propogandists—the adventurist revanchist McSweeney's clique and the running dog lackey Beleiverists and the reactionary Zionist New Yorkers—what a bunch of bloodless technocrats.



Um, I did say that I like the guy and look forward to the magazine. I can only assume Robert's posting is perhaps aimed "in absentia" at Jessa, who has no comments feature on her own site?

As it happens, I've contacted Weschler since posting this, and he very graciously has agreed to send me a copy. So I hope to weigh in more substantially. But to reiterate my posting - I think the world of him and wish his venture well.

lynn Travata

I am hoping you will share with me your address for Lawrence Weschler. When I contacted the New Yorker they suggested I try at the NY Institiute for the Humanities. I'm about ready to read him with a suggestion and contact for a piece, and cruising for an address I found you first, with the intersting prospect of Omnivore. I hadn't heard about it. Can you help? Thank you, Lynn Travata

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