November 2010

Editor’s Letter—November 2010

When I started watching Boardwalk Empire, which stars our cover Michael Pitt, the line “In Jersey, anything’s legal as long as you don’t get caught” from the Traveling Wilburys’ “Tweeter and the Monkey Man,” kept running through my head. In the show, the lawbreaking characters demonstrate a certain hypocrisy-free honesty.

Let’s call it Jersey honesty. While he is certainly not his onscreen persona Jimmy Darmody, that sort of candor is something Pitt, himself a native of the Garden State, demonstrates in spades to editor at large Robin Sayers in “Jersey Boy,” photographed by Hedi Slimane. Pitt tells us about picking parts, his attitude toward people who opine on him working “in television” and why he wanted to be interviewed at the top of the Empire State Building.

When we covered the nuptials of Kate Rivinus and Adam Blackman (half of the haute-design partnership Blackman Cruz), we learned something about emerging entertaining trends—such as farm-to-table catering and planning parties in unexpected locations. Trends aside, any gathering of friends and family has the same objective: celebration. Consider “Wedded in Wonderland” a final heartfelt toast to the newlyweds.

Jonathan Gold is back, recounting the meal he shared with author Mona Simpson in “A Novel Feast.” Surprised a lauded novelist would also be keenly interested in cooking? Don’t be: Preparing food and writing are both art forms that are completed when they are consumed.

When Design and Culture Editor Mayer Rus wanted to explore the British capital’s reinvigorated design scene for “London Calling, Again,” I was reminded of Samuel Johnson’s 18th-century boosterism: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” (must be a month for quotes). Just when you think the words London and cutting-edge design will never be used in the same sentence, lightning strikes anew.

For those who find hosting parties intimidating, Sally Horchow may have a solution: Join a cooking club. In “Collective Good Taste,” this month’s Web exclusive, she describes how—and why—sharing recipes and techniques works wonders for entertainment anxiety.

We may travel far and wide, but the comforts of L.A. are what we want when we come home. Enjoy!