“What I was trying to do with Stop Smiling was more of a juvenile version of us trying to emulate the glory days of magazine publishing, like the ’60s and ’70s vintage Esquire, Playboy, Rolling Stone, the National Lampoon, and Interview when Andy Warhol ran it,” Gabel said. “With The Chicagoan, I’m clearly an adult now. Most of the stuff is going to be so well-edited and well-executed that we’re going to try to be up there with Paris Review,Texas Monthly and the Oxford American. I think the content is really an amalgamation of the best of New York magazine, the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker.”
The things that people will say! On the other hand, Stop Smiling was cool.