Editor’s note: This story was originally published on January 14, 2020.
Editor’s note, January 11, 2021: This article has been updated to include the latest information on the publication of the new edition of The New Yorker magazine.
The magazine industry is reeling from the publication by the publisher of a collection of essays by the late editor-in-chief, Paul Solman, about the rise of digital media.
Solman’s essay, published in The New York Times Magazine, sparked a wave of outrage, and prompted some outlets to cancel plans to reprint the essay.
Soliman’s death has been described as the first homicide of a journalist in America since the 1990s.
The essay’s co-author, Michael Lewis, is an editor at the New Yorker.
In his essay, Solman describes the rise and fall of digital magazine culture, as well as the rise in the number of self-publishing ventures and the proliferation of niche magazines and publications, particularly for women.
“What we’re seeing now is the emergence of a new paradigm,” Solman writes.
“A new way of looking at the world.
A new way to be.”
Solman also discusses his decision to leave The New Republic, and his decision in early 2017 to leave Vox Media, a news site that he helped found, and to move to New York City.
He describes the move as an “unplanned, almost painful, but ultimately a good thing.”
He wrote that he had become “a more aggressive critic of Trump” and that he was “sad to see my friend and mentor, [journalist] Matt Yglesias, now the editor of Vox.”
Soliman’s essay was among many that The New Yorkers staff produced for a “summer reading” of Solman as the magazine was preparing to launch a new edition.
“I was a huge fan of Solmans work, and I was so proud to be his friend,” editor-at-large Ben Terrill wrote in a letter to staff, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
“I think his work has been at the heart of a lot of what we do.”
In the same letter, Terrill also thanked the New York magazine staff for their efforts to support The New Magazine, and for their “great spirit” and “great work.”
Solmans essay, which was first published on The New Atlantic website in 2017, has been reissued by The New American, which is owned by the publishers of The Atlantic and Esquire.
The magazine has also been republished by the Washington Post and the Atlantic.
In addition to Solmans essay and a collection by Ygleias of his own, The Magazine has also published the following articles: “The Art of the Self-Publishing Book,” which includes essays by a range of authors about self-published books, from the likes of Emily Blunt and Pauline Kael to Jules Verne and Thomas Pynchon.
“How to Create a Brand,” which outlines a process for creating a digital portfolio and the publishing platform to which it should be deployed.
“The New Yorker, A Short History of the Magazine,” which provides an overview of the magazine’s history, and includes a brief history of Soliman and his work.
And “The Rise and Fall of the Digital Magazine,” a history of the digital publishing boom, which explores how the new technology has changed the industry and what Solman and other authors of the essay had to say about the impact of the boom on the magazine.