Sunday, October 18, 2015

New owner for Village Voice

Pennsylvanian Peter D. Barbey, who inherited a clothing and textile fortune, had bought The Village Voice, founded by author Norman Mailer and others in 1955. It was meant to stand as an outrage rather than a success, to “give a little speed to that sexual and moral revolution which is yet to come upon us,” Mailer said.

It was infused with a passion for argument that animated so much of intellectual life in New York at the time.

The New York Times article concluded:

“If it can recreate the formula of turning lively, brilliant, chaotic minds upon the subjects that fascinate them, and give those writers the time to produce pieces that the dictates of web journalism can’t provide, then it may be well suited to a digital-era renaissance.”


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