The Stacks Reader is an online collection of classic journalism and writing about the arts that would otherwise be lost to history. Motivated less by nostalgia than by preservation, The Stacks Reader is a living archive of memorable storytelling—a museum for stories. We celebrate writers, highlight memorable publications, honor notable personalities, and produce interviews with writers and editors and illustrators in the hope of offering compelling insight into how journalism worked, particularly in the second half of the 20th Century.

While the online world denies us the physical experience of books and magazines, it does offer us limitless space. We all benefit from the preservation of the remarkable work these writers and publications produced. What’s here will always be just a fraction of the great journalism that’s been written, but each piece republished online is one fewer piece at risk of being entirely forgotten.