The Turmoil at Harper’s Got Us Thinking… WHY DO WE EVEN HAVE A MAGAZINE?

02/01/2010 4:25 PM |

rolling stone, 1977

Much noise has been made of the recent shake-up at Harper’s, as troubles at the beloved mag led to the unceremonious firing last week of cowboy editor Roger Hodge by rich, failed reporter publisher Rick MacArthur. In this great Time‘s piece yesterday—a nice look at the fragile not-for-profit model that has sustained Lapham’s Monthly for the last 30 years—the salient quote comes from an unnamed staffer:

The business side is run like it’s Esquire in 1968, and the edit side is run like it’s Amnesty International in 1987.

This got me thinking… How would anonymous staffers at The L Magazine characterize us? Inside information after the jump:

“The business side is run like a Mr. Frostee in 1983, and the edit side is run like it’s Creem in 1971.”

“The business side runs like it’s Pets.com, and edit runs like Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign.”

“The business side runs like a North Korean bachelor party, and the edit side runs like the Henderson Family Newsletter in 1993.”

“The business side is run like it’s a David Mamet play adapted into a movie starring Alec Baldwin, and the edit side is run like a game of red rover.”

“The business side is run like it’s a cat attacking a TV, and the edit side is run like it’s happy hour at Cracked in 1979.”

“The business side is run like it’s an Albanian pyramid scheme, and the edit side is run like it’s a graffiti’ed bathroom stall.”

YOU CAN DO YOUR OWN IN THE COMMENTS! IT’S EASY!
“The business side is run like X in XXXX, and the edit size is run like it’s Y in YYYY.”

2 Comment

  • The business side is run like Tom Hank’s character in Bachelor Party as Gordon Gecko, and the edit side is run like the Smurfs.

  • OH, NOW IT’S ON FLAG BOY:

    The business side is run like the after-dregs of a sad bar mitzvah and the edit side is run like the French Resistance.