Magazines: First Person Singular

MAGAZINES First Person Singular Many editors have lately decided that magazine prose is too impersonal — that in a rather impersonal world, readers yearn for human voices and the pro noun "I." The result is a revival of personal journalism, typified in the current issues of Harper's and the Atlantic, each of which is almost entirely devoted to the work of one writer.

Harper's gambles most of its March issue on the hope that readers will be fascinated by Norman Mailer's 90,000-word reflections on the follies of last fall's Washington Peace March. Mailer...