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Can Pacific Standard thrive in a post-clickbait era?

Pacific Standard editor-in-chief Nicholas Jackson (left) with senior editor Ted Scheinman.

Pacific Standard editor-in-chief Nicholas Jackson (left) with senior editor Ted Scheinman.

In December 2011, on the night the news broke that Christopher Hitchens had died, Nicholas Jackson was in an Austin hotel room. Jackson, then an editor at the Atlantic, had just returned from drinking scotch at the hotel bar and was “slightly intoxicated,” as he put it to me, when he read the news of the author’s death. He’d been following Hitchens’s work for quite some time and had been particularly moved by the pugnacious writer’s Vanity Fair essays about his battle with esophageal cancer. His passing had reduced Jackson to tears. Continue reading