I’ve often described Lingua Franca as a cross between The New Yorker and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The magazine, which was founded in 1990 and won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1993, specialized in long, quirky reportage about intellectual ferment and clashing personalities in the world of academia. Lingua Franca scored its biggest coup in 1996 when it revealed the Sokal hoax, a spectacular, controversial prank that caused shockwaves in lefty academia. The New York Times put the Sokal revelation on the front page. I served as managing editor during L.F.’s final year; the magazine folded in October 2001, a few weeks after that terrible day in September. A few years later, The New York Observer’s Ron Rosenbaum wrote a definitive remembrance. You can also explore an archive of the L.F. website.