The 50 Year Argument
September 24, 2014 5:20 PM Subscribe
The New York Review of Books recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding (previously), growing out of an alliance between Harpers editor Robert Silvers and writer Elizabeth Hardwick to find a place for what she called "the unusual, the difficult, the lengthy, the intransigent, and above all, the interesting." Known as the New York Review or the NYRB, it is also known to fans as the best magazine in the world. Next Monday, HBO will air The 50-Year Argument, a documentary by Martin Scorsese about the history of the magazine and what makes it special.
“Magazines don’t change the world, but they shape a certain kind of climate of ideas,” says Avishai Margalit. “There is a metaphor: Influence goes like the knight in chess, one move straight, and then diagonally. It doesn’t go in straight lines.”Wikipedia: "Some reviewers felt that Scorsese and Tedeschi were noticeably well disposed to the NYRB."
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