The magazine world is a funny business. It’s as cantankerous as Mother Nature; destroying and rejuvenating at the same time. I cringed as DoubleTake magazine shuttered its doors (not completely, I hope). It was a fine magazine, over-reaching in the writing at times but the photography was always excellent. I saw it sputter to its last breath and felt that the glossies had finally won, killing off all that was good in the world. But as I said the magazine business is fickle and when one dies there is at least on other to take its place.
I have come across two very interesting magazine projects which may or may not fill DT’s august shoes. One Story magazine delivers readers a single work of short fiction every three weeks. In today’s NYTimes I read about Topic magazine, now located in editor David Haskell’s apartment in Williamsburg, New York. Topic promises us a chance to experience the writing and photography of a diverse group of people.