December 2010

Editor’s Letter—December 2010

There is a fearlessness about Kerry Washington that is as appealing as her beauty (brilliantly demonstrated in the luminous photography of Ruven Afanador) and talent. It’s her sense that opportunity is everywhere, and it is meant to be explored. As Washington tells Leslie Gornstein in “No Boundaries,” she was in South Carolina attending the presidential debates when the writers’ strike put her next project on hold. Instead of heading home to await the next role, Washington hit the campaign trail in support of then candidate Barack Obama.

Fearlessness appears in other quarters as well. In “Balancing Act,” Bailey Shiffler introduces us to Troupe Vertigo, a company of acrobats and contortionists that pushes the boundaries of “circus” as it defies the laws of both physics and gravity.

Last year we had so much fun putting together our holiday “Ist List”—gifts for those in your life with particular tastes—we thought, Why not do it again? The range for this year’s incarnation is extensive, with suggestions for everyone from the Pragmatist to the Sensationalist. The only thing the items have in common is they are all unique. These gifts are sure to be remembered—and treasured.

For “Social Engineering,” Design and Culture Editor Mayer Rus traveled to the farthest reaches of Washington State’s San Juan Islands to report on a most extraordinary house. This home is far more than four walls and a roof to protect its inhabitants from the elements—it’s the juncture of mechanical wonders and interpersonal relationships.

It’s difficult to remember a time before L.A. was known for its Italian cuisine. In “Veni, Vidi, Vici!” Elaine Kagan introduces us to five families who helped our city forge its culinary reputation for buon gusto.

Next month—appropriately at the beginning of the New Year—the magazine welcomes to its pages a fashionable addition when the stylish Los Angeles Times “Image” section begins a once-a-month residency. The expanded section will include the magazine’s current coverage of the latest trends and add even more fashion and beauty reporting from Booth Moore, Adam Tschorn and Melissa Magsaysay. It’s exciting: In LA, there can never be too much style.