The Tragedy of Publishing
April 2, 2008
My friend Dan McCarthy writes this brief lament on his blog for the Regnery Company. The most contemptible peddler of red-state fascist bile today was once as noble an endeavor as one can imagine – in its beginnings in the 40s and 50s, Regnery was the regular clearinghouse for antiwar and revisionist works, even staking out credentials on the left with authors like Sidney Lens, and perhaps most stunning of all, was the first and foremost publisher of the heroic Alfred Lilienthal.
This is especially biting to me because I have of late been circulating schemes with a few friends to go into publishing, with the early Regnery as an explicit model. We had hoped to recruit Dan with his knowledge of the business, but I certainly don’t blame him for his disillusionment.