Today marks my first full year as Creative Director for 29th Street Publishing. A full year of looking out the window at nothing but water towers every day. Looking at the company Tumblr today, I was amazed at the scale of things that we’ve published and how much we have ready to go. Thank you to everyone for putting up with me through this transition and your support.
I’m so happy I’ve had the chance to work with Tim this year. When Natalie and I first started talking about starting a company, building a great team was one of our highest priorities. Tim is a true franchise player. Perhaps more Westbrook than Duncan, but I don’t think he’ll be offended by that comment.
This post is simple and delightful: The Classical now has a magazine, courtesy of the folks at 29th Street Publishing (responsible for The Awl’s Weekend Companion and Maura Magazine). The Classical was generously Kickstarted into existence a year and a half ago. Those funds were meant to last a year; at that point, it would either thrive on its on two feet or disappear from the face of the Earth. Instead, this magazine happened. The Classical has evolved and has a real way forward; the website will go on in some form but surprise, that’s not the best business model. I’m happy for it.
A note about me and The Classical, since you asked: I’m not actively involved in the day-to-day operations. I may have a byline sometime in the near future, but all writing in my life depends on how much the day job opens up that week. Regardless, I still feel a deep investment in The Classical; in a way, the further I’ve gotten from it, the more I’ve been able to appreciate the great work it showcases. This latest development makes me immensely happy, both as someone who was part of that original vision and always wanted to see it sustained, and as a reader who thinks The Classical is on the side of the light. Subscribe!
29th Street Publishing exists to create avenues for writers to have sustainable careers doing what they love. So it’s fantastic to read this post. Thanks for the kind words.