Thu, Sep 08 – 2016 -06:00 pm
Since he took over as editor of The New York Times Magazine about 10 months ago, Jake Silverstein has been eliminating a column here, bringing on a staff writer there. Mostly, though, the magazine has been quietly humming along, using up existing stories in the pipeline and, when those ran out, commissioning new ones, maintaining the existing sections and columns imagined by former editors. Mr. Silverstein’s sensibility no doubt began to permeate the pages, but it was subtle. Change came slowly, then all at once.
This weekend, devoted readers will find tucked into their newspapers the first issue of the new New York Times Magazine, a redesigned, 220-page behemoth. “It is as if we have been bidding our dinner guests adieu each week,” Mr. Silverstein wrote in his introductory editor’s note, “bussing the dessert plates and then hurrying out to the garage to tinker with our strange creation under a flickering bulb.”
On Thursday night at the Rainbow Room, the Times celebrated the relaunch of its prized Sunday supplement, and attendees walked away with advance copies of the magazine, branded as “The Global Issue,” in tote bags branded with the Times Magazine’s new logo. The magazine, now available online, is capacious, animated by disparate voices and rangy features, flecked with new games and columns and poetry and a new suite of typefaces.
The new magazine owes a lot to former iterations, too. The front-of-the-book essay, for instance, “First Words,” which is written this week by Virginia Heffernan, is basically a mix of William Safire’s “On Language” column and “Riff,” introduced by Hugo Lindgren, Mr. Silverstein’s dudeitor predecessor. “Lives” remains, though it has been changed to an as-told-to feature and moved to the middle of the book. The “Talk” column is still there, replacing the “Lives” column’s real estate as the last page of the magazine…
Thu Sep 08, 2016 - 06:00 pm