To work your way to a place where editors will entrust you with that type of blockbuster piece, prove yourself with a shorter piece, which for this magazine means 750 to 1,500 words. Try your hand at a very nontraditional review.
“Our reviews are very strange creatures,” said [editor in chief and publisher Jason] Pontin. “They’re more akin to an essay [related to] the release of new software, a book, a journal publication, a film or an event like the Venice [Art] Biennale.” In other words, the reviews aren’t product reviews. Rather, said Pontin, the pieces are comparable to what you might find in The New York Review of Books. In the May/June 2015 issue, for example, a review looked at “The Problem with Fake Meat.” In it, the writer explores if it’s possible to create a burger that helps the environment, improves your health and also tastes good.
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