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Commentary is an American monthly magazine covering politics, international affairs, Judaism, and social, cultural,
and literary issues.
Commentary was founded by the American Jewish Committee in
1945, and bills itself as
"America's premier Jewish magazine." Initially a strong voice for
liberal anti-communism, the magazine turned left
during the early 1960s. Starting in the late 1960s it reversed this
leftward shift, eventually becoming the flagship of neoconservatism
in the 1970s.
Currently edited by John Podhoretz, its founder and original
editor was Elliot E.
Cohen. He was succeeded after his death in 1959 by Norman
Podhoretz, who served as editor-in-chief until 1995 and is
currently the magazine's editor-at-large. Neal Kozodoy was editor
between 1995 and January 2009.
The magazine is no longer affiliated with the American Jewish
Committee. In 2007, Commentary, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit enterprise, became the
In January 2007 Commentary launched a new blog,
Currently, Commentary prints letters to the editor that
comment on various articles three issues earlier. The more critical
and lengthy letters tend to be printed first and the more praiseful
letters last. The author of the article being discussed almost
always replies in a follow-up to his critics. Each issue has
several reviews of books on varying topics. Commentary
usually assigns a review to books written by notable contributors
to the magazine.
In the 1977 Woody
Allen movie, Annie
Hall, Allen (as character Alvy Singer) makes a pun by
saying that he heard that Dissent and Commentary
had merged to form "Dysentery". In Bananas, as an old lady is
threatened on a subway car, Woody Allen hides his face by holding
up an issue of Commentary. This image is featured at the
City Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights.
In Woody Allen's film Crimes and Misdemeanors,
an issue of Commentary lies on a character's bedside
- Editor, John
- Executive Editor, Jonathan S. Tobin
- Assistant Editor, David Billet
- Editor-at-Large, Neal Kozodoy
- Business Director, Sarah M. Stern
- Business Associate, Ilya Leyzerzon
- Sales Representative, Del Fidanque
- Production Manager, Marietta M. Gat
- Publisher, Teri Schure