Jacob Levy has an interesting post about why he believes The New Republic to be a much better magazine than National Review and other rivals.
I was a longtime subscriber to NR but eventually found it sitting on the coffee table unread. The magazine clearly has some hobby horses and, frankly, always had a lot of material that was intended for a very small minority of very wealthy, pre-Vatican II Catholics who were fluent in Latin and took frequent voyages on their yachts. TNR was more interesting, although less in line with my politics, but I eventually stopped reading and subscribing to it as well. The only “intellectual” mass readership magazine I still subscribe to is Atlantic Monthly, which contains some of the best writing anywhere, with very few articles that cause me to wonder, Why the hell did they write about that?