Magazine publishers have landed a new way to shore up revenue: send the writers on vacation, and get people to pay to go with them. Inspired in part by the conservative National Review, which has dabbled in marketing vacations at sea since 1994, both the leftist Nation and the bookish New Yorker recently christened cruise-and-lecture ventures. Cosmopolitan and Town & Country are also thinking about casting off. Here's a quick guide to the seafaring 'zines.
MAGAZINE THE NATION
SHIP M.S. Veendam
DURATION 7 days (12/6 to 12/13/98)
SPOKESMAN'S DESCRIPTION "All the lefties in one place"