you can’t change the ocean

well i never kept a dollar past sunset, it always burned a hole in my pants. never made a school mama happy, never blew a second chance, oh no*

in his republishing of the end, michael dweck writes, “montauk will never be montauk again, but it will never be anything else either.” in his legendary hardbound collection of photographs, he creates a narrative in which montauk is the central character. the once quiet, nethermost enclave of our island becomes an icon for a mythical place that is also not a place, but a moment in time we have all experienced. montauk has changed a lot since that printing more than 10 years ago. and of course, in some ways it hasn’t changed at all. i interviewed dweck for our feature in this issue, the end again, in which he told me this pointing to the fact that “you can’t change the ocean.”

dweck’s story—both the printed photographs and his own—is undeniably beautiful. some of the images may be familiar, but some have never been published before. and they all epitomize the many dimensions of summer. that’s a lot like summer too, if you think about it. we throw open the windows (and our arms) to welcome the precious few months in which we can be outside and revisit some of our favorite, uniquely warm-weather rituals but each version plays out a little differently.

it’s a time in which we get our boats in the water and appreciate the joy of one of our most treasured traditions. into the wind casts a light on this. the story by editorial assistant casey dooley features two master builders upholding wooden boat building. their efforts are of course a labor of love we all benefit from—whether or not you own one, seeing one of their beauties out on the water is something that can give anyone a sense of pride. irvina lew once again joins our masthead with dock and dine. her feature comprises some of our favorite spots for dining waterside. we check in with old favorites, like dockers on dune road, as well as reveal a few hidden gems like salt on shelter island.

at time of printing, the weather still hadn’t broken and we finalized the pages of this issue while wind and rain beat against our windows. but seeing the word “summer” emblazoned across our cover proofs lit a buzz through our offices. the beauty of those two little syllables is that it packs a punch of a very specific thing but also the romance of being whatever you want it to be. that’s the great thing about this season. it can be interpreted in ways that are both universal and individual. and that’s exactly the way we hope you find our lineup of stories.

but because the opportunities to go out and explore are so abundant we couldn’t fit them all in this issue, this year we’ll publish our summer almanac as a special supplement. it’s a veritable tour guide of all things happening on long island between now and labor day. everything from art fairs in the hamptons to summer concerts on the south shore, new things happening on fire island and the latest restaurants in huntington, fireworks on jones beach and golfing nassau county’s PGA courses. this is the piece you’ll want to keep on the cocktail table, in the car and at the beach house all summer. and of course, between it all, will have up-to-the minute coverage from the red carpet at the biggest events and our weekly “this weekend.” if you can’t make the parties, you can follow us on social to keep up with it all.

i need a love, baby won’t ya keep me happy,*

* “happy,” the rolling stones

nada marjanovich

nada marjanovich

Nada Marjanovich is Publisher and Editor of Long Island Pulse Magazine. Prior to founding the title in 2005, she worked extensively in the internet. She's been writing since childhood and has been published for both fiction and poetry.