In its full form, this website and affiliated projects are our provisional attempts at an answer.
In brief, we are partisans of the radical center, aspiring to raise the flag of the late and lamented Partisan Review. We are socially liberal and fiscally conservative, open to conversation but not with those who hate our culture for that very openness. We take seriously Norman Podhoretz’s idea that America is now engaged in World War IV, but are deeply concerned with how the nation is presently executing this war.
Irving Howe when considering the impact of postmodernism pointed back to two generations of small magazines spanning from The Masses to The Noble Savage, The New Republic to Commentary, and looked ahead to declare that “Intellectual life is once again moving outside the universities.” We hope to be foremost amongst a new generation of small magazines that realize this ambition.
We believe that culture is a dynamic process uniting high and vernacular forms and rituals, and that the American idea is an ongoing process of miscegenation. We love the lively arts and America’s city life, jazz and baseball, Krazy Kat and Conrad, Katchor and Lethem, genre films and tabloid newspapers, democracy and liberalism, to offer a very partial list.
We believe that what’s worth saying can most always be made clear in plain English, and eschew the falsely simple, the tendentious and pedantic, the deliberately obscure, the needlessly perverse, the self-mythologizing and the merely ideological.
Finally, we do not believe that nostalgia is a synonym for traditionalism, and we do believe that tradition is the only thing separating us from barbarism.
We also accept visual contributions, including photo essays, drawings, paintings, comics, animations, and the like.
Correspondence should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate whether or not the contents are intended for publication.
Silvia de Miranda was born and raised in New York City. She is not, nor has she ever been, a partisan of the radical center. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and therefore a bleeding-heart, tree-hugging liberal. She’s just here for the stories and the pictures. email
Harry Siegel was born and raised in Brooklyn. After graduating from Brandeis University with a degree in history and European studies, he worked in New York for Michael Meyers, the president of the New York Civil Rights Coalition, a researcher for Sheinkopf Communications, a political consulting firm, and as the OpEd page editor and an editorial writer for The New York Sun. He is the co-editor of McGraw Hill’s Urban Society Annual Edition, the second author with Fred Siegel of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life. His essays and criticism have appeared in publications including Commentary, the Public Interest, the New York Observer, the New York Post, the Weekly Standard, and American Enterprise Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, and is writing a study of gentrification and the arts in New York City. email
Tim Marchman was born and raised in New York City. A baseball columnist for the New York Sun, his reporting and criticism has appeared in national and local publications such as The New Republic, the Weekly Standard, National Review, and New York Press. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son, and is writing a book on pornography. email
A.R. Brook Lynn, a lifelong Villager, makes her living as a photographer, photo editor, and Jill of all trades in the film industry. Her own films, often featuring FDR and burlesque girls in separate but equally intriguing cameos, have been critically acclaimed by friends and family alike. She is most recently the writer and director of James, a film presented by New Partisan.
Daniel Stern is the rather pale pseudonym of our editorial assistant, who prefers anonymity, no matter the alternative.
Eric Adler is a lecturer in the Department of History at Rice University. His articles and reviews have appeared in such forums as Partisan Review, Commentary, The Boston Book Review, and The Bloomsbury Review. email
John P. Avlon is a columnist at the New York Sun and the author of Independent Nation: How the Vital Center Is Changing American Politics. He was formerly the chief speechwriter and deputy communications director for Mayor Giuliani. email
Jeremy Axelrod was born in Atlanta, grew up in north Jersey, and will graduate from Kenyon College this May. Double-majoring in English and Philosophy, he anticipates otherworldly wealth the moment he parades off campus to dry-clean and return his graduation gown. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of The Kenyon Observer, an undergraduate magazine of art, culture and politics. email
Max Bean was born at Santa Monica Hospital. He has lived in New York since the age of seven, except for four conspicuous years in a rather rainy municipality in Rhode Island, where old wooden houses lined streets named after abstractions, and immense brick buildings crumbled beside the highways across the river. Currently, Max teaches programmng and computer art at Saint Ann’s School, in Brooklyn. email
Rafael Behr is online editor of The Observer. He was previously a correspondent for the Financial Times in Moscow and a business reporter for BBC Online. email
Alex Belth is the sole owner and proprietor of Bronx Banter, a Yankee-centric weblog for all-baseball.com. Along with covering the Yankees, Alex specializes in lengthy interviews with baseball writers and personalities. email
John Bruce spent four years as an undergraduate English major at Dartmouth, then five years as a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Southern California before he decided that while reading and writing were his first loves, eating took priority. He then worked for 25 years as a technical writer, computer administrator, and system engineer before deciding again to take up full-time reading and writing, this time without the distractions of teaching and the academic life. His writing has appeared in the now-defunct and much-lamented Los Angeles Reader, in the computer industry trade press, and more recently in The Dartmouth Review. He lives in Los Angeles and blogs at In The Shadow of Mt. Hollywood (mthollywood.blogspot.com)email
Laurie Calhoun holds degrees in chemistry (University of Colorado) and philosophy (Princeton University). Her metaphilosophical critique of analytic philosophy was published in 1997 under the title Philosophy Unmasked: a skeptic’s critique. Of late she has been writing on war and also on films, and sometimes both at the same time. email
Adam Chimera’s disreputable past is, frankly, not your business. For those nonetheless interested, his thoroughly unauthorized fan sites can be found here and here. email
Douglas Cooper is a novelist who shares his time between Manhattan and Mexico. He received an M.A. in philosophy, and was a prize-winning student of architecture before dropping out to concentrate on writing and visual art. He has since published two novels, Amnesia and Delirium; Random House will issue his third novel this year. Cooper’s photography has been widely published, and his artwork — much of it in collaboration with architects — has been shown in major galleries around the world. Many of these pieces can be seen at www.dysmedia.com.
Molly Crabapple is a New York illustrator. You might have seen her saucy Victoriana in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Playgirl, or in galleries across the country. When not drawing, she hosts the burlesque sketch session Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School(www.drsketchy.com), writes the occasional article for NY Press, and drinks way too much coffee. Contact her through www.mollycrabapple.com
Bret Csencsitz has worked in New York film and theatre for 15 years, producing and directing off-off Broadway productions, short films, TV commercials and a feature film. He has built theaters and managed the development of independent productions for various companies, including Ergo Entertainment, Manhattan Theatre Source, La Mama, and Currican Theatre. After graduating from the University of Florida, Bret worked briefly as the crime reporter for the Scarsdale Inquirer and later taught drama therapy at Bellevue Hospital. email
John Dorfman, a native but unjaded New Yorker, is addicted to walking and watching. With his camera he scours the cityscape for the unusual and the overlooked. His articles and photographs have appeared in the Forward and the New York Sun. In his spare time, he’s an editor of Art + Auction. email
J.E. D’Ulisse works in television news. He was awarded an Emmy in 2002 for something involving September 11th. Having been on the cutting edge of gentrification in Ramallah, Palestine (two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, bidet and garden $600 a month) he has recently returned to Rome, Italy to satisfy a mighty craving for pasta. email
Benjamin Feldman lives in New York City. As an independent scholar, Ben works primarily in New York City history. Much of his past 5 years have been devoted to the creation of an account of the infamous 1857 murder in lower Manhattan of Dr. Harvey Burdell. Butchery on Bond Street will be published early this coming winter by the Green-Wood Cemetery History Association. Ben’s essays about his wanderings in NYC and his Yiddish language involvements appear on his blog. email
Jonathan Griswold is a microfinance practitioner, setting up institutions to give small loans to poor people in developing countries
Cassandra Johnson works in the publishing department at Theatre Communications Group and American Theatre Magazine. She earned a BA in theatre from Kalamazoo College and a Masters in western classic literature from St. John’s College, Santa Fe. She lives in New York and is currently writing a novel for young adults. email
Joel Kotkin is an Irvine Fellow at the New American Foundation, a Senior Research Fellow at CUNY/Newman Institute and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section. He is most recently the author of The City: A Global History, to be published by Modern Library in 2005. email
Jonathan Leaf is a playwright living in New York. He has written for such publications as The New Yorker, the Weekly Standard and National Review. Hilton Kramer compared Leaf’s novel, The Hope of Future, favorably to The Catcher In The Rye and Portnoy’s Complaint while James Wood has deemed Leaf’s Pushkin: A Verse Tragedy “the best verse play in English since Shakespeare.” email
Si Lewen was born in Lublin, Poland, at the end of World War I, and smuggled, as an infant, into “civilized” Germany. Following Hitler’s ascent, he fled to France and then America. With the outbreak of World War II, Lewen enlisted in the U.S. Army, saw action from Normandy through France and back into Germany where in Buchenwald he faced the remains and reminders of the Holocaust, and what could have been his fate. Only through art, he felt, could he ever heal. Gallery shows, sales and “good” reviews, national and international exhibitions followed, and two volumes of his graphic work were published. Albert Einstein declared that “Our time needs you and your work.” In 1976 Lewen began to withdraw from the “art world” into self-imposed exile, and in 1985 he declared his work “no longer for sale”. Lewen’s wartime experiences are prominently featured in the Acadmy Awards shortlisted documentary The Ritchie Boys. email
Jason Little was born in 1970 and raised in Binghamton, New York. He studied photography at Oberlin College, and now resides in Brooklyn with writer Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season. In addition to Shutterbug Follies, he has also written and illustrated the Xeric Award-winning Jack’s Luck Runs Out, as well as a number of short works for various cartoon anthologies. email
Daniel Lobo is an urban designer and researcher living in Washington DC. Born in Madrid, after an early career in contemporary art he moved to England where he graduated with a degree in city design and social science from the London School of Economics. He has spent the last five years participating in and planning development initiatives in the USA’s National Capital Region. email
Hanna Mandelbaum resides in the recently less obscure Red Hook neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn. She earned her BA in Religion at the University of Chicago in 2001. Currently, she co-owns and operates a dog walking and training business. Hanna believes in living life as a series of anecdotes, relying on her art as the consistent thread throughout her experiences. email
David Marcus is a soon to be graduate of Kenyon College. He is majoring in all things impractical (a self-created major in philosophy and literature) and has spent much of his senior year justifying his degree with an honors thesis on Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Martin Buber. Outside of academia, his main interests are writing fiction and collecting old Partisan Reviews. He spent his junior year abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, residing in a sandy little apartment on French Hill. He is a native of Minneapolis, MN. email
Michael Margolies longtime Brooklyn guy and LIU graduate, remains a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the 1969 - 1973 Knicks, and the New York Mets. His journalism has also appeared in Front Page Magazine. email
Marguerita was conceived in Tasmania, diagnosed as a tumor in Hobart, and born in Sydney, Australia to Salomea Fleischer Lauer, formerly a slave laborer for A.G. Nobel in Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she’d made bullets and had been told (incorrectly, it turned out) that her exposure to gun powder had left her infertile. Her number, tattooed on her left arm, was A-26.427. Mea, a cousin of the great animators Max and David Fleischer and of Bruno Jasienski, the author of Paris is Burning, liked to tell Marguerita that the tattoo washer phone number. Marguerita’s father, Dr. Stefan Felix Bornstein, was a Chemical and Textile Engineer and a writer published in Poland, France, Brazil, Switzerland and Germany. In 1976, Marguerita moved to New York City, where she still lives, along with her two sons. Her illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, and the Forward. email
Emily Matchar is a staff writer at The Cary News, in Cary, North Carolina — the 10th Safest City in America, and freelances for various other publications. She has been to India and North Africa in the past year, but has yet to return to Latin America. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina. email
Evita Mendiola has been photographing and documenting the Fulton Fish Market and its history for the past two years. She is the executive researcher and archivist of , a documentary currently in production on the last days of Fulton Fish Market. email
Scott McLemee writes the Intellectual Affairs column for Inside Higher Ed. In 2004, the National Book Critics Circle honored Scott with its annual for his work appearing in Bookforum, The Common Review, Newsday, and The Washington Post. He writes frequently for The American Prospect and The New York Times Book Review. From 2001-5, Scott wrote for the The Chronicle of Higher Education,
William Meyers is a photographer and writer living in New York City. His articles on photography have appeared in The New York Sun and Commentary, and his photographs have run in The New York Times, City Journal, and The Forward. email
Luisa de Miranda is a native New Yorker, who has lived and worked in the UK for the past three years. She has an MA in the History of Art from the University of Glasgow, and is currently studying for an M.Litt. in Contemporary Feminist Art. She also runs her own online gallery, MirandaFineArt.com.email
Sam Munson is a research assistant at Kudlow and Company. His articles and criticism have been published in Commentary, the New York Observer, Policy Review, the Jerusalem Post, and other publications. email
Jessica Oei was born in Texas, then moved north to New Hampshire for college, where she majored in photography and became acclimated to subzero temperatures. Jessica now lives in Cambridge, MA where she works in a photo lab.
Richard O’Keeffe was born and raised in The Bronx. Since studying Russian history and American literature at Hunter College and Fordham University, he has worked as a carpenter, yeshiva teacher, and a clerk. He lives in Yonkers, New York. He was a columnist for New Partisan from March through July of 2004. email
Agnes Peterson is the psedonym of an individual presently studying for her MLS and holding degrees from the University of Chicago and New York University.
Fred Siegel is a professor at Cooper Union, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and the author, most recently, of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life. He is also the author of The Future Once Happened Here: New York, L.A., D.C., and the Fate of America’s Big Cities and Troubled Journey: From Pearl Harbor to Ronald Reagan, both of which are well worth reading, as well as The Roots of Southern Distinctiveness: Tobacco in Society in Danville, Virginia, 1780-1865, which his own mother never finished and no other family member has so much as started. His work has appeared in forums far too numerous to list, but which include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Republic and The New York Post. email
Francis Raven is an editorial assistant at the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Broken Boulder press recently published two of his chapbooks: Notestalk and Notationing. He has also published an online chapbook, Do Not Add Up. email
Jacob Siegel was born and raised in Brooklyn. He earned a BA in international relations from Boston University, after which he promptly returned to Brooklyn. Jake serves as a second Lieutenant in the New York National Guard’s famed “fighting 69th” infantry regiment, the original Fighting Irish. Though faithful to the neglected art of straight pool, if 9-ball is your game he has a standing offer to give you the 7 in a room of his choice. email
John Sprung is a legal advisory consultant for Merrill Lynch and a folksinger whose latest CD, Remember Me and Other Songs, can be found here. email
Henry Stern served for nine years as City Council member-at-large from Manhattan before being appointed Commissioner of Parks and Recreation by Mayor Koch in 1983. He served seven years in the Koch administration, before founding he National Resource Group, an environmental watchdog for the city, when Koch left office. In 1994 he was re-appointed Parks Commissioner and served in that role until 2002, whereupon he founded New York Civic, New York’s youngest good government group. email
David L. Steinhardt worked in electoral politics and as a television actor in the 1970s and 1980s. He graduated from Wesleyan University with high honors in Religion in 1983, and received a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature from Bennington in 2003 before moving to New York. Steinhardt has written about politics and theater for numerous publications in the US and Prague. His long-form interviews have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Monthly Review and in a forthcoming issue of The Believer. His two-act comedy, The Priests Play, was recently given a reading at CenterStage Carolina. His short stories appear irregularly in middling publications. On musical, comedy, and performance-art stages, he goes by the name Vid Hardt. He was a columnist for New Partisan from March through October of 2004. email
Sol Stern is a Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow and City Journal Contributing Editor. He is most recently the author of Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice. email
David Walley has been a critic, cultural historian and freelance editor for more than 30 years. In 1972, Walley published the first (and only) American biography of Frank Zappa called No Commercial Potential: The Saga of Frank Zappa. In 1975 Nothing in Moderation: The Ernie Kovacs Story appeared, a seminal and unique biography of television’s first surrealist comedian. Teenage Nervous Breakdown: Music and Politics in the Post-Elvis Age, published by Perseus Books in 1998, examined the cumulative effects of the commercial exploitation of high-school peer group dynamics, a virulent form of consumerism which has given rise to a multinational, adolescent-driven corporate consciousness. Walley, who lives in Maine, is presently writing a biography of Herbert Feis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning diplomatic historian of the Cold War who had relationships with many of the important intellectual figures of the 20th century, including Lewis Mumford, Felix Frankfurter, Franklin Roosevelt and Louis Brandeis. email
Josh Wertheimer is a sound engineer for CBGB and a freelance photographer. email
Sara White Wilson lives and works in Paris, where she has recently had the opportunity to photograph a major social upheaval, in the form of the riots in the Parisian suburbs. The positive urban developments of graffiti and hip hop are sharply contrasted with the negative irruption of violence. In fact, the answers to why these riots happened may have been in the creative expressions of those youths all along. More of Sara White Wilson’s photographs can be seen on www.mirandafineart.com, by whom she is represented. email
Abbas Zaidi is a Pakistani writer and journalist
who divides his time between Brunei (where he teaches English) and Sydney
(where his wife and kids live). He did an MA in English literature from
Punjab University in Lahore, and an MLitt in linguistics from Strathclyde
University in Glasgow. Zaidi taught English literature at Bahauddin
Zakariya University in Multan and worked as assistant magazine editor for
The Nation, Lahore, before leaving Pakistan for good.
George Zucker, a Korean war-era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, is a New Jersey native. He edited Air Force base newspapers in Texas, Alaska and Georgia and worked for radio stations in Savannah, Ga., and Indianapolis, Ind., before joining UPI in 1961 and then moving to the AP bureau in Indianapolis three years later. Zucker’s promotion to the Los Angeles bureau followed in 1966 where he covered the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy and the murder trial of Sirhan Sirhan. He was named chief of bureau at Honolulu in 1969, responsible for the mid-Pacific. Zucker left Hawaii in 1971 to head the Baltimore AP bureau and led the coverage when Alabama Gov. George Wallace was shot in a Maryland shopping center. He later headed AP bureaus in Nashville, Des Moines and Philadelphia. Zucker ran AP operations in Pennsylvania for 20 years and was AP’s senior bureau chief on his retirement in 1998. email