Astra Magazine Had Creative Freedom and a Budget—It Wasn’t Enough

From a New York Times story by Kate Dwyer headlined “Astra Magazine Had Creative Freedom and a Budget. It Wasn’t Enough.”:

From the start, Astra Magazine was unusual.

The literary journal, which published its first issue in April, had the backing of Astra Publishing House, the U.S. arm of the Chinese publishing conglomerate Thinkingdom Media Group. It was not intended as a moneymaking operation, but as a prestige vehicle for the publishing house, said Nadja Spiegelman, who was hired in 2021 to be its founding editor in chief.