I was intrigued by the appearance of “net” in the top 50 most-frequently used words across the corpus. It didn’t seem like a very thematically relevant term for a magazine comprised mostly of literature, art, music, and drama; it comes up on the most-used words list just after “light,” “soul,” and “artist.” So I searched some of the individual issues to see what it looked like in context.
It turns out that it appears almost exclusively in connection with prices in advertisements. For example, a book might be listed, and then "$1.50 net." Early on in the magazine, as the graph shows, these types of ads are common. In some issues there are several pages in a row of two columns of book ads one after another. But later in the magazine, this type of ad disappears almost completely, and there are fewer, larger ads like the ones for the piano and typewriter we looked at last week. Hence, there are zero instances of the word "net" in those issues. It seems that the advertising interests of The Little Review's publishers changed drastically over time, beginning with many small ads and then shifting toward having a less but larger/more expensive ads in the later issues. My first guess would be that this has to do with the magazine gaining popularity/stability over time, and larger advertisers taking more interest in this publication.
The implcations of the ad shift have yet to be investigated, but it is interesting that a small word like "net" would point to this question. It looks like a good example of what the things we read last week were talking about: these interactive tools we now have let us look for patterns and then we try to ask questions about them, instead of asking a specific questions first and working through evidence to prove or disprove our hypothesis.