• Joel Bleifuss

In These Times, says its editor and publisher, Joel Bleifuss, “is doing as well as it’s done in the past 20 years.” That’s good news that would be better news if the past 20 years hadn’t set so low a bar. “Our circulation has more than doubled in the past year,” says Bleifuss—from about 10,000 copies to more than 22,000. But in 1988 circulation of Chicago’s foremost voice of the left stood in the low 40 thousands. Reagan was in the White House; covert wars were afoot; Jesse Jackson was running for president; the left had a lot on its mind.