Reason, why? Mediabistro’s David Hirschman conducts an entertaining and reasoned Q&A with Reason Magazine‘s editor since 2000, Nick Gillespie, who provides enough sound-bites to indicate the interview was conducted via e-mail with plenty of time for wit-smithing. Good insight on the libertarian magazine and its post-Postrel direction.
“A good magazine or a good publication is like a really good party, where you go there and you wander around and there’s a lot of different rooms you can move in and out of and have a lot of different conversations, some are serious, some are funny, some are totally offbeat and weird. You get into a couple of arguments and start shouting and screaming at each other, you also get into a clinch or two with people and then hopefully you go home before you get too sloppy drunk and make an ass out of yourself.
Also of interest is Gillespie’s description of the magazine’s “virtual staff” approach.
Ten or 11 full-time people, and that includes the business side and the art department. We’re probably far and away the most decentralized and virtual magazine office in America. If the anthrax mailer ever comes back, it’s going to take him at least three or four bucks to knock us off. Our web editor is currently in Lebanon. We’ve got one full-time staffer in L.A., we’ve got our art director in Phoenix, we’ve got a guy in Baltimore, we’ve got a couple people in the D.C. area, I’m in Ohio, our publisher’s in Connecticut; we’re totally spread out. The reason we’ve started doing it this way is that it kind of fits in with our philosophy of experimentive living and it allows us to keep the people we need to keep as they have moved for spouse reasons, or whatever.