Rolling Stone Shrinks, and We Feel Diminished

Now we read that Rolling Stone magazine is going to be shrinking in size, and again we doubt the virtues of progress. The magazine's founder, Jann Wenner, announced that Rolling Stone would no longer come in an oversized size so that it would fit more easily onto newsstand racks and thus get better display. I'm guessing there might also be some cost savings to be factored in. The magazine will also come on glossier paper and be perfect bound. For old dudes like me (hey, I remember when RS came f

Now we read that Rolling Stone magazine is going to be shrinking in size, and again we doubt the virtues of progress. The magazine's founder, Jann Wenner, announced that Rolling Stone would no longer come in an oversized size so that it would fit more easily onto newsstand racks and thus get better display. I'm guessing there might also be some cost savings to be factored in. The magazine will also come on glossier paper and be perfect bound. For old dudes like me (hey, I remember when RS came folded like a newspaper), this feels like a loss. Wenner assuringly says "all you're getting from that large size is nostalgia." Personal memories aside, I loved looking at great celebrity photography really big. Let's take a vote: Will you miss the big format of Rolling Stone? (Photo of Wenner above shot by Richard Perry for the New York Times.)--David Schonauer