Just after celebrating its 100th anniversary, the owner of The New Republic, the esteemed magazine of policy and criticism, announced new editors and a new editorial direction. Existing staffers and contributors resigned en masse following a dramatic meeting with owner Chris Hughes and new leadership. Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer resigned alongside 30 year veteran literary editor Leon Wieseltier, who led the magazine’s cultural coverage. The magazine’s longtime architecture critic, Sarah Williams Goldhagen, is also parting ways with the magazine.
Chris Hughes, a founder of Facebook, purchased the magazine two years ago, and quickly initiated a redesign and newly aggressive online presence. Goldhagen sent the following letter of resignation to Hughes today:
Having followed the events of the last 24 hours with immense sadness, I hereby resign my position as Architecture Critic for The New Republic, which I have held since 2006. Please remove my name from the masthead immediately.
In politics, society, and culture, TNR‘s distinguished and influential writers have changed minds and influenced American public opinion. That this institution is now gone marks a sorry moment in American intellectual life.
The New Republic is one of the few magazines that runs serious architectural criticism. Goldhagen’s incisive review of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, easily one of the best pieces written on the exhibition, is an excellent example of her work for the magazine. Goldhagen added in an email to AN: “To lose this national platform for serious, long-form architectural criticism is really heartbreaking.”