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Good news for booklovers.  The Kindle Daily Post has an interview with the Review’s editor and co-founder, Robert Silver.  Here’s the first question:

Q: How would you describe the mission of the New York Review? How is it different from other magazines, other book reviews?

A: The New York Review started in February 1963, thanks to a long strike by typographers against the New York Times, leaving publishers desperate because there were no reviews of their books. At Harper’s Magazine, where I was an editor, I had published a controversial article by Elizabeth Hardwick, wife of Robert Lowell, saying that book reviewing was in a miserable state and something different was needed.

Then Jason Epstein, who was then an editor at Random House, called and said the Times strike made it possible to start a new review without a penny, since all the publishers would have to take ads. His wife Barbara and I started planning an issue along with Elizabeth Hardwick. And within a few weeks such writers as Mary McCarthy, Norman Mailer, William Styron, Robert Lowell, W.H. Auden and many others were willing to stop what they were doing and deliver a book review in three weeks without payment, all to show what a new book review could be like. It sold out and we had about a thousand letters asking us to continue, and we were on our way to setting up the paper that’s been going on these 48 years.

You can find the subscription here.  It’s only $3.49 a month for the bi-weekly magazine.


  1. The New York Review of Books is, in my estimation, the finest book review magazine available. I have been a long time subscriber to the print version, my current subscription running to 2015. For anyone who wants indepth reviews by notable and knowledgable reviewers, the NYRB is the place. Its biggest failing in today’s world is that it doesn’t review ebooks explicitly and doesn’t review indie books. I’ve complained several times about these omissions, but with little success so far. Perhaps having a Kindle edition will inspire the NYRB to pay more attention to ebooks and indies.

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