Magazines: The Constant Flirt

A healthy profit, to say nothing of simple self-support, is generally conceded to be far beyond the reach of today's intellectual journals. They measure their success on another level—by the quality, if not the quantity, of their audience, by the impact of their ideas on people who may never have heard of them. Judged by these criteria, the Anglo-American monthly Encounter is a success indeed.

Founded 13 years ago, Encounter nurtured C. P. Snow's Two Cultures attack on the gulf between the arts and science; it introduced Nancy Mitford's delineation of what...

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