"[I]t was 1986, and the Reagan boom is underway. New England Monthly, two years old, is winning praise. Advertising sprouts like kudzu. We reach supersmart people, yet hope to be as fat as Vogue. Our conceit is that our readers’ wallets follow their minds. In the eighties, some magazines are so plump and delectable that Tom Wolfe says they’re probably edible.” — Robert Nylen, co-founder, with Daniel Okrent, of New England Monthly, in his 2009 memoir, “Guts.”
Nylen was a rare figure in the magazine business, playing a wide variety of roles (ad salesman, publisher, and freelance writer, among others) at a diverse bunch of magazines (Look, U.S. News & World Report, Texas Monthly, etc.). He died in 2008.