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Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: Fifty Years of New York Magazine

S. & S. Nov. 2017. 432p. ed. by Eds. illus. index. ISBN 9781501166846. $65; ebk. ISBN 9781501166853. PHOTOG
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In celebration of New York Magazine's 50th anniversary in 2018, the editors have compiled a retrospective of its transformation from a weekly supplement to the New York Herald Tribune to a vibrant guide to New York City's cultural and civic life and a significant source of national political news. This amply illustrated book includes an oral history as told by writers and staff, as well as excerpts and updates from previously published stories. Under the guidance of the first editor, Clay Felker, the magazine became a laboratory for notable writers and groundbreaking ideas, such as the development of the new journalism style by Tom Wolfe and the launching of Gloria Steinem's feminist platform, Ms. magazine. The history of the publication reflects the history of New York City over the past half-century, chronicling the revitalization from a dilapidated, crime-ridden nightmarescape of the 1960s and 1970s to the bustling, gentrified mecca it is today. Just as the city has transformed, so has the magazine and its website, which have become the go-to places for in-depth coverage of national politics.
VERDICT This gift-worthy coffee-table book will delight readers of the magazine and enthusiasts of its namesake city.

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