Few notes about the goings-on here at Commentary. With this issue, we are inaugurating two new features. The first, which begins on page 15, includes the first readers’ contest in our history. We’re calling it Enter Laughing, and its subject is the Jewish joke—that biting, ironic, deflating, sophisticated, and complex anecdote, with its patented sly reversal at the end. Every month in Enter Laughing, Joseph Epstein, who needs no introduction to Commentary’s readers, is going to offer up a joke, told in his own fashion—and then he is going to ask you to play Talmudist and explain its meaning. The winner’s answer will be published in the subsequent issue.
If you turn to the back page, you will see our second new feature, Press Man, a monthly dissection of the workings of the American media. Its author is Andrew Ferguson—senior editor at the Weekly Standard, author of the indelible American chronicle Land of Lincoln,and perhaps the most percipient analyst of the writing, editing, and newsgathering profession there is.
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