THE NEW REPUBLIC goes biweekly. It seems to me that this could work, if they integrate the web content — for timeliness that a weekly can’t deliver anyway — while putting more longer pieces, of the kind that it’s a pain to read on the Web, in the magazine. But it’s certainly a huge gamble. I think that TNR, which has always had a contrarian approach that went beyond the usual partisan divide, is suffering because this is a time in which the partisan divide is very sharp, and people are placed under enormous pressure to fall on one side of the fence or the other, even when they don’t really agree with the bulk of either side. I suspect, however, that this is a temporary condition — sharp partisan divides generally blur — and that eventual blurring will probably help.
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