How We Do It
Putting out a monthly magazine is a tricky business at the best of times, and never more so than in a month like this, with a momentous election taking place on November 2. This issue of Commentary is dated November 2010. I am writing these words on October 6. Everything else in the issue has been edited and laid out, and those layouts are being proofread. We will transmit the 72 pages of this issue electronically to our printer on October 11, and in the middle of the following week, we will receive the first printed copies. You should have received your issue at the very latest by the end of the first week of November, depending on the good offices of the U.S. Postal Service. Or you might have downloaded it beginning at 12:01 a.m. on November 1.
So how can Commentary discuss the meaning of an election that has yet to occur in an issue most of our readers won’t get to until after the balloting takes place? The bravura article that leads this issue, Bill McClay’s “The Report of our Death was Greatly Exaggerated,” can give you some sense of how we attempt to handle these sorts of exigencies. McClay’s piece does not refer to the election specifically but to the general mood that informs it, and it explains some of the ideological passion in which it is bathed.
About the Author
John Podhoretz is editor of COMMENTARY.