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New Look

[1]As the cover image of our September issue suggests, The American Conservative does indeed have a new design. The changes don’t end with the cover: inside we have more interior art, an expanded “Front Lines” department, and a two-column layout for major articles that makes them all the more readable. The latter two changes help to match the design, our monthly pace, and our content — since we now often have longer pieces than in the past, a format that’s easy on the eyes is essential, and by extending Front Lines subjects can now be covered in more depth rather than merely as squibs. (Not that the Front Lines items are that long — most are 600 to 1200 words).

The content is conservatism’s finest: the September cover story by Andrew Bacevich looks at where America stands ten years after 9/11 and 20 since the fall of the Soviet Union. Philip Jenkins examines what terrorism means beyond (and after) al-Qaeda. Eamonn Fingleton explains why East Asia keeps buying our bonds, despite their negative return on investment, while Jim Antle explores whether budget constraints are turning deficit hawks into peace doves. Anthony Gregory looks at the classical-liberal roots of class analysis, and John Rodden provides a poignant appreciation of Orwell’s “A Hanging.” Plus: why a conservative protests AIPAC with Code Pink; columns by Buchanan, Giraldi, Lind, Kauffman, and Taki (an excerpt from Evelyn Waugh, too); and reviews by Daniel Flynn, Scott Galupo, Kevin Gutzman, Mark Nugent, and Peter Wood.

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#1 Comment By JP59 On August 24, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

Thanks for the explanation. I like the new look.

Now, since we’re on the subject of readability, how about making the text of the website pieces larger for us old geezers?

#2 Comment By seaoctopus On August 24, 2011 @ 8:23 pm


If you’re running Firefox, you can hit + to increase the text size on your screen

#3 Comment By Robert On August 25, 2011 @ 12:00 am

So often, when a magazine gets a “new look”, the result is an intellectual and aesthetic disaster. Nice to see TAC, by contrast, actually improving its appearance with its makeover, which is fresh and yet dignified. (What is the new text font, BTW? It looks a bit like Book Antiqua, but it clearly isn’t that.)

I love the “ideas over ideology, principles over party” subhead on the cover too.

#4 Comment By cfountain72 On August 25, 2011 @ 7:36 am

If you’re running Safari, you can using Control +, or choose the ‘View’ menu at the top of your browser, and select ‘Zoom In’ to see bigger text on any website.
On Safari, you can also choose ‘Show Reader’ from that same ‘View’ menu option, and the text will pop into a nice window of its own, giving it a very ‘book page’ look.

Peace be with you.

#5 Comment By Mark Nugent On August 25, 2011 @ 8:30 am

Thanks, Robert. The body face (as well as the logo and headlines) is Minion Pro, a classic!

#6 Comment By Daniel McCarthy On August 25, 2011 @ 10:18 am

JP59, we will indeed be making our web font more readable as the site gets revamped. We’re trying out combinations of typeface and size as part of the redesign planning.

#7 Comment By James Canning On August 25, 2011 @ 11:16 am

I too like the new look. And Andrew Bacevich’s article on the sheer stupidity of American decisions, and resulting decline in US power, is not to be missed.

Philip Giraldi’s “Deep Background” piece is also not to be missed. (Re: Israeli effort to set up war with Iran by employing disinformation about Iran’s nuclear programme.)

#8 Comment By Mad Doc MacRae On August 25, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

I thought you guys are supposed to be resisting change and preserving tradition! >:|

#9 Comment By John O On August 26, 2011 @ 5:45 am

I wish you guys would produce a Kindle version just like all of your conservative competitor magazine……how about it?