The Press: The Idea Mill

The title is pretentious and a trifle intimidating. Intellectual Digest, moreover, sounds like a contradiction in terms; scholarly writing is almost by definition lengthy and leisured. Yet Editor Martin Goldman has managed in only one year to make the concept work. The monthly mixture of excerpted articles and books, commissioned artwork and original offbeat interviews has doubled in circulation to 400,000 and is approaching the black-ink border.

A Harvard M.A. who once was an Air Force research historian, and then taught American history at New York University, Goldman, 51, came late to journalism...

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