Blogger-entrepreneur Andrew Sullivan — who left The Daily Beast earlier this year to launch his own reader-supported site and has since raised over $800,000 from his supporters — is launching the next phase of the site on Monday: a monthly subscription-only magazine of longform journalism called Deep Dish. Sullivan told readers about the new feature in an email over the weekend.
Although some of the content on Sullivan’s regular Daily Dish website is available to non-subscribers — who are prompted to pay when they click a link to see more than just an excerpt — the blogger said the new monthly magazine will be exclusively for subscribers. “Free-riders can’t see it,” Sullivan’s email said. “We’ve erected a real paywall to keep them out, unlike our leaky meter system on the blog.”
Sullivan has talked in the past about his desire to have a magazine-style format for longer pieces. He said in the email that the first edition of Deep Dish is just a prototype of what he eventually wants to create, which is a magazine filled with “substantive, complicated but compelling” longform journalism.
“The web tends to favor the quick hit and the rapid fire of blogging; but I can’t see any reason why an already established and committed blog-community – i.e. you – could not also support a related monthly, long-form magazine. At least, that’s our act of faith.”
The first issue of the magazine offers two longform pieces: one is an e-book from Sullivan entitled “I Was Wrong,” which he describes as an edited diary-like chronicle of his blogging from 2001 to 2008 related to the Iraq war, and the second is a 100-minute long conversation with former Iraq war commander Mikey Piro.
Sullivan said the latter is the first in a series of interviews he will be doing called “Andrew Asks Anything,” modelled on his interview with the late Christopher Hitchens. Sullivan said he also plans to write longform essays like the ones he used to write for outlets like the Atlantic, the New York Times magazine and Time, and will also produce edited e-books made up of popular reader threads from the site.
Eventually, the blogger said he wants to “have the resources to pay outside writers for the kind of long-form journalism that is increasingly under threat of extinction,” and also wants to produce longform video, photography and poetry.
Post and thumbnail photos courtesy of Albert Chau