We often think about Current as a “little magazine.” In a piece on the tenth anniversary (1976) of the magazine Salmagundi, cultural critic Christopher Lasch (whose daughter Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn is a Current contributing editor) wrote:
The so-called little magazine, which addresses neither the mass market nor an audience of academic specialists, occupies a special position in the structure of American publishing. Instead of trying to please everybody, like the mass magazines, it speaks in its own voice. Although it addresses a select group of readers, as academic and scholarly journals do, these readers share neither a field of academic expertise nor a common interest in some particular field of research but something more elusive–a sensibility, allegiance to certain intellectual traditions, in some cases merely a common set of prejudices–which a good editor intuitively understands and cultivates.
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