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Salon

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This politics-and-culture netzine is a great idea at odds with its medium. Calling themselves ”refugees” from the ”commercial formulas” of mainstream journalism, Salon‘s editors ably deliver the goods for readers who like their pop-cultural criticism highbrow — and who probably already subscribe to Harper’s. Recent articles include a News Hourish Q&A with civil-rights historian Melissa Fay Greene (The Temple Bombing), a smart essay on how this season’s downer TV finales play to boomer paranoia, and, for lit heads, Julian Barnes dishing on Kingsley Amis — all jazzed up with artful illustrations. But the leisurely pacing — 1,300 words on Elvis Costello’s new album! — suggests that these print expats haven’t made the mental leap from page to cyberspace, where more is less, and time truly is money. B

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