Using her editor's letter to write narrative columns, she wrote, began as "almost a political statement: All my friends were so surprised that I was going to 'a magazine like House & Garden...' with all the implications that it was somehow beneath me, coming as I did from a journalistic background with Newsweek, Texas Monthly, Esquire."
Just over a week after Browning wrote her farewell, about 60 readers had posted, at the magazine's invitation, their own goodbyes. "In a very real sense, I am in mourning," wrote one. Several addressed Browning personally: "My dear Dominique, can it be that we won't be having our monthly chat any longer? I feel like a wise friend of exceptional value is leaving town." Many indicated they were far older than the typical bulletin board poster.
There were harsh words for House & Garden's competitors: Architectural Digest is, in the words of one poster, the "conceited big sister." One seemed keenly attuned to prevailing publishing industry rumors: "I can't help but surmise that this decision has been made to give room for Vogue Living, which strikes me as sad and untimely and terribly unfortunate."
The poster who wrote, "You were eaten by your younger sibling Domino — which has nothing smart to read but lots of glossy catalogue-style photo layouts," might be dismayed to find that clicking on the subscription tab on the House & Garden Web site bounces a user directly to Domino's. The spokeswoman said several magazines, including Domino, would split the House & Garden subscription list, but said a final decision on which ones has not yet been made. — Irin Carmon