Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Assistant Managing Editor Zach Napolitano

Zach Napolitano


Highbrow Magazine assistant managing editor Zach Napolitano is regarded as one of the last true custodians of the English language. That is mainly because he financed his degrees from Fordham University and Brooklyn College through janitorial work. In addition to fixing, and occasionally making, pages for Highbrow Magazine, he’s contributed to Long Island Pulse Magazine and has been awarded for his writing in media research by the New York State Communication Association. Zach currently resides in Babylon, New York.


What inspired you to become a writer/editor?


I’d love to say I was influenced by an H.L. Menken quote, but, in truth, I’ve always equated coffee and pens with adulthood.


Who are a few of your favorite authors/ journalists?


In terms of those who have made big time literary pages, I worship at the altar of Scott Fitzgerald (my favorite book is Tender is the Night.). When it comes to my other favorite prose medium, creative non-fiction, Gay Talese, David Foster Wallace, Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell are on my Mt. Rushmore.



What’s the worst job/assignment you’ve ever had?


Though it paid $500 cash per night and covered all of my medical expenses, the summer I was a “cooler” at a Kansas City bar called the Double Deuce was extraordinarily trying.


Which is your favorite city in the U.S.? 

New York City.



What’s your all-time favorite film?


Since it’s nearly impossible to select just one picture from the Matthew McConaughey filmography, allow me to go rogue and offer a selection from the small screen: David Simon’s The Wire is the most profound work—regardless of genre—produced in the 21st century.


Which newspapers/magazines/websites do you read regularly?

The Atlantic, Grantland and The Electric Typewriter.



Would you rather become the next editor-in-chief of the New Yorker or replace Jon Stewart as host of the “Daily Show”?


Though I have the jawline of a matinee idol, I’ve got my share of limitations when it comes to diction—the New Yorker.


What are your favorite “highbrow” pastimes?

Consuming the Western canon and the finest coffee beans at a torrid pace; though, sometimes I just read Us Weekly and drink Dunkin’ Donuts.


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