January 20, 2011

Harper’s, Lefties, Unions, the Internet, The Atlantic Monthly, Irony, Labors of Love….

There’s too much to summarize:

Harper’s, one of the last bastions of old-line liberalism and a lonely defender of a certain idea of what literary culture should be, has long been supported by the largesse of its owner publisher and patron, John “Rick” MacArthur, an author and heir to a ceramics fortune who has long supported liberal causes. And now, in a strange, ironic endgame, MacArthur finds himself fighting against his own side: His staff has unionized.


  1. Cindy Scroggins on January 20th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    This is troubling news. I love Harper’s, though I’ve never thought of it as particularly liberal (unless we define intelligence and literary taste as inherently liberal qualities).

    The timing of this is interesting for me, too. I was home with Mia yesterday (she’s had a bad cold), and the upshot was that I had time to read the latest Harper’s. One of the things that caught my eye was their ad for an iPad app, which took me one step closer to a purchase.

    There’s also a wonderful short memoir piece by Mark Richard in this latest issue. I plan to make a post about it/Richard today, if time permits.