May 29, 2008

Introducing Standpoint Magazine

Daniel Johnson just launched an impressive new magazine in the U.K. called Standpoint. His deputy editor Jonathan Foreman asked me if I’d like to contribute a story for the second issue, and I said sure without even seeing the magazine. Now that my first dead-tree version has arrived in the mail and the Web site has been launched, I’m happy to say I’ll be associated with them in some way and I’m honored to be invited.

Here’s the description on the About Us page:

Standpoint’s core mission is to celebrate our civilization, its arts and its values – in particular democracy, debate and freedom of speech – at a time when they are under threat. Standpoint is an antidote to the parochialism of British political magazines. It will introduce British readers to brilliant writers and thinkers from across the Atlantic, across the Channel and around the world.

In a market swamped by the journalistic equivalent of fast food, Standpoint offers the discerning reader a feast of great writing, properly edited and presented in an elegant design that makes even longer pieces a pleasure to read. Unashamedly highbrow in an era of relentless ‘dumbing down,’ it responds to the unfulfilled needs of the educated public.

Take a look. And for an on-topic piece, here is a dispatch from Beirut by Michael Young. Hariri: An Assassination Too Far.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at May 29, 2008 4:52 PM
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