The New York Times let me know a few mornings ago that The New Republic is turning 100.
The first issue of this envelope-pushing publication came out on November 7th, 1914. Franklin Foer, the magazine’s current editor, has stated that this periodical “invented the modern usage of the term liberal, and it’s one of our historical legacies and obligations to be involved in the ongoing debate over what exactly liberalism means and stands for.”
An anthology of close to 50 articles picked from the magazine’s extensive history has been published recently. I have picked up a copy of Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America. Among the prestigious thinkers that have graced the magazine’s pages are H. L. Mencken, John Maynard Keynes, Edmund Wilson, Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, George Orwell, W. H. Auden, Philip Roth, Pauline Kael, James Wood, and Zadie Smith. Smacks of something fun to sink one’s teeth into.