October 2010

Editor’s Letter—October 2010

When we talk about stars—both celestial and earthly—we use astronomical terms. Someone is on the cusp, ascending, eclipsing, at his or her apex or on the wane. And then there is the supernova: a stellar explosion that takes over the galaxy.

It is not for us to predict the heavenly machinations, but the career of Gemma Arterton—our cover this month—while well established, seems to be reaching the speed of light. In “Bare Maximum,” Arterton talks with Leslie Gornstein about the arc of her career and how the director of Tamara Drewe cast her practically sight unseen. The luminous photographs were taken by Sebastian Faena.

How much we think about health is in inverse proportion to how much of it we have. But the more information we have the better. Our annual health issue touches on key components of the wellness equation. In “The Way Back,” Alison Singh Gee goes beyond the easy fixes—knife and syringe—for time’s inevitabilities. In “Full-Frontal Assault,” Samantha Dunn talks to experts about the progress in the fight against breast—and by extension, other—cancers. USC sprinter Bryshon Nellum shares with Barry LeBrock in “The Long Run” the role determination and love played in his return to NCAA track and field after being shot in the tools of his trade—his legs. Tracy Anderson, the go-to trainer for celebs, candidly tells Robin Sayers in “Exercise Authority,” if you enjoy eating and want to stay slim, you better like to work out.

All this is in conjuction with LA magazine’s Conversations on Health, Beauty and Wellness at the breathtaking Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes on October 16. Joining us are the cast of The Doctors, breast-cancer specialists Susan Love and Leslie Bernstein, fitness guru Anderson and dermatologist Debra Luftman.

New to our pages is “Q in LA”—more than your ordinary Q&A. This month, Dexter star Michael C. Hall opens up to editor at large Sayers about his cancer battle, his Lebowski love and his character’s decidedly feline prowess. The interview, well, kills.

There’s the brilliant insouciance of the home in “Where the Wild Things Are,” penned by Mayer Rus and photographed by William Abranowicz; and Annie Jacobsen’s “What Lies Beneath,” the deeply strange and recently declassified story of L.A.’s part in the Hughes Glomar’s search for Soviet bombs in the Pacific. What an interesting place this is.

And once again, we have more content than pages, hence two Web exclusives: In “The Best Medicine,” Sophia Kercher looks at docs who work on the theory that good laughs can beget good health; and in “Friends Cook at Canelé: The Encore,” Amy Seidenwurm again braves the kitchen armed only with a homegrown-honey-centered menu and a dream.