More bad news

The New Leader, the little Leftie that could–it published Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and introduced American audiences to Joseph Brodsky’s poetry and Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s prose, among many other things–, is calling it quits after 82 years of publication. It never had a subscription base of more than 30,000, but here’s a short list of who it published: Ralph Ellison, Albert Murray, Daniel Bell, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, George F. Kennan.

If you can seek out a copy of the Fall 2002 issue of the American Scholar (itself a great “little magazine”), check out Ben Yagoda’s “The Years with Kolatch.” It’s a better summation of why TNL was significant than the New York Times piece mentioned above. If you can find a copy of the essay online, please let me know about it.

(Via Slate.)

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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