The Spectator in London has this week done something no other magazine has done. We’ve just published our 10,000th edition. We’ve been producing a weekly magazine since 1828 — I’m proud to have been involved in the magazine for 10 of those 192 years. The key to our longevity is that The Spectator is unique; it dares to be different. We have pretty much stuck to the same simple editorial formula — news and comment first, book reviews after — because it works. We allow jokes and dissent. We encourage arguments. As Douglas Murray puts it in his column this week, The Spectator’s enemies are ‘Boredom. Predictability. Obviousness. Humorlessness. Dullness. Staleness. The demand for consensus, of any kind.’
The Spectator stays the same; yet it changes. We are expanding: we now have our US edition, comprising a superb, lively website, daily emails, podcasts, and a beautiful monthly magazine. We dare to think that we are providing a ray of brilliant journalism in an otherwise dreary media landscape.
To celebrate our 10,000th edition in London, then, we are offering our American subscribers a chance to buy the issue — it’s a gem, believe me — for just $10.
I urge you to take advantage. I am biased, though, of course, so please let me tell you what some of our favorite Americans have to say about The Spectator’s new American offering:
‘The Spectator was one of the magazines that gave me my start as a writer. It had a gift for irritating readers that it has never lost.’ — Michael Lewis
‘A fantastic magazine.’ — Tucker Carlson
‘At last Britain’s foremost periodical, first published 1828, brings the English language to America. Here is the native tongue of wit, learning, and sense — wise rather than wised-up, clever but not too clever by half, and humorous in a way that answers to every humor including blood, phlegm, and bile of diverse colors. Civilized reading for barbarous times.’ — P.J. O’Rourke
Purchase yours here.