Editing Commentary: A Valedictory
I can hardly remember a time when COMMENTARY was not a part of my life. I began reading it when I was in college in the late 1940′s, shortly after it was founded under the editorship of Elliot E. Cohen; I began writing for it in 1953, when I was in graduate school in England; I began working for it, as an assistant editor, in 1955, exactly a day after being discharged from the army; and finally, after a separation of about two years and the death of Cohen, I returned in 1960 as his successor.
My appointment coincided almost to the moment with my 30th birthday and followed immediately upon COMMENTARY’s 15th. Now, after running the magazine for a little more than 35 years, I am stepping down to become a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, in which capacity I will devote most of my time to writing; and with this issue, Neal Kozodoy, who joined my staff in 1966 and rose with amazing speed to become my deputy shortly thereafter, takes over as the third chief editor in COMMENTARY’s half-century of existence.
About the Author
Norman Podhoretz has been writing for COMMENTARY for 56 years.