This piece in the Washington Monthly is a pretty insightful look at the short life of Culture11.
I think Friedersdorf was right in the first place. Tom Wolfe didn’t need a conservative magazine to do what he did—in fact, he succeeded largely because he wasn’t writing for one. Young journalists, of course, work with the opportunities that are available to them, but I would have preferred to see Culture11’s best talent writing for the actual Slate (which does, after all, publish plenty of conservative writers) rather than a self-consciously right-of-center version of it. With their online sanctuary gone, I was looking forward to seeing their bylines elsewhere, challenging and being challenged by editors and institutions of other stripes.