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The Week That the Great Magazine Era Ended

October 3, 2017, 10:07 am

Newspapers are sometimes called “the first draft of history.” One might think of books as the third draft. Following the proposed sale of Rolling Stone and the deaths of Hugh Hefner, longtime publisher-auteur of Playboy, and S.I. Newhouse Jr., owner of Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, and The New Yorker (among others), an astonishing week has brought down the curtain on a sixty-year period of magazine dominance in American culture. And so, for just one moment now, as the glory days
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