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Editorial September 7, 2001
 
Hang in There, Baby! The eXile: Not Quite Dead
By Matt Taibbi Browse author
 
 

First things firstI want to thank all of the people who wrote in with letters of support after we made our grim announcement two weeks ago. I was expecting two kinds of letters in the wake of its posting: one sympathetic, offering consolation, and the other gloating, and of the "I told you so" variety. I was shocked to find that of the hundreds of letters that came in, only onea forwarding of a ridiculous article about us by Chris Stephen of The Scotsmancontended in any way that we "had it coming."

The irony, of course, is that we did have it coming. In the tortured economics of the modern media business, it's really a miracle that we haven't gone through something like this before. The eXile's brazen inattention to the profit motive is the kind of sin that cannot go unpublished for long in a profit-driven societythe goal of Making Enough to Survive is not considered a salutary one in any quarters these days, not even our own. It is for this reason that when the coup happened in our offices a few weeks ago, our first instinct, amazingly enough, was to let it slide, interpreting the events as a sign from God that it was time to finally strap on Thomas Friedman's "Golden Straitjacket" and go our separate ways in search of a Lexus, a golden retriever, and a mortgage.

However, the overwhelming response from readers all around the world, castigating us for allowing ourselves to be slain by the Dutch, shamed us into trying to reverse the situation. That and the prospect of publishing a web-only edition of the eXile. When we finally sat down to do this first ever "e-eXile" this week, we found ourselves hopelessly depressed. It turns out that we're purists at heart. An e-zine is easier to put out than a newspaper, but then again, a hooker is easier to pick up than Anna Karenina. But it's not the same thing. You can grow attached to a little red newspaperyou can't grow attached to a piece of cyberspace. Without all the trouble of a newspaper, the writing doesn't seem worth the trouble. We miss the paper.

To that end, we have begun exploring the possibility of reclaiming the newspaper. And I'm pleased to say that the issue is long from settled. Not only have we called in some serious chips in our attempts to lean on the new "owners"we'll leave U, the reader, to guess what those might bebut it appears that the reader response to Jake Rudnitsky's first "New Exile" have been less than encouraging to the new management, to say the least.

So I'm asking all of the old eXile readers to bear with us for a little while longer. I expect some definitive news very soon, possibly by the end of this month. If and when we do reclaim the eXile, rest assured, the guilty will be punished. Until then, we'll be like that kitten hanging from a branch on the cubicle wall of life hanging in there. : )

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