Dear Reader,

Let’s be honest. Boston Review really should not exist. A magazine dedicated to ideas? By all accounts, BR should be drowned out by the techno-billionaire publishers and massive media corporations. It should certainly not be growing, and certainly not this quickly.

Yet, because of you, this improbable defiance of what is shallow and screechy in American public life continues to thrive. It works because you subscribe, renew, and tell your friends; because you retweet, reblog, and share our content online; because you understand the value of depth and expertise over personal attacks and empty claims.

This year, as you know, we re-launched the BR Web site, and now plan to expand our online content as well as our editorial staff. That will mean more essays, forums, investigations, interviews, and original literature. But in order to do that, we need you.

Can you support Boston Review this year with a donation? Your contribution not only supports expanded content, it allows BR to pursue its core mission: to raise the level of public discussion, and focus on the ideas that shape our world.

As always, thank you for your support,


Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen