the best of summer meets the best of fall

from the dew-soaked hedge creeps a crawly caterpillar,
when the dawn begins to crack.
it’s all part of my autumn almanac…
yes, yes, yes, it’s my autumn almanac.
friday evenings, people get together,
hiding from the weather.
tea and toasted, buttered currant buns…*

keith donohue, the magical realism author, called october a “riot to the senses,” and that’s probably why so many of us love this month. october straddles the intersection where the best of summer meets the best of autumn. and there’s candy!

this october issue features a number of intersections too. in our portraits department, we have donna cioffi juxtaposed with mark lubell; two individuals in different fields both focused on human life—either extending it or capturing it. cioffi founded first company pink, a breast cancer awareness group that is bent on spreading the message of prevention to even our youngest of women. lubell is executive director of the international center of photography. he reminds us that we are moving toward becoming an increasingly visual society, pointing out that in the last 30 seconds, more photos were taken than in the whole 19th century.

in our culture pages, the interviews continue. jazz legend chick corea commences his eight-week residency at the blue note this month. corea will be joined by bassist victor wooten and guitarist john mclaughlin (find previous interviews at and he talks about the value of collaboration and improvisation—after 50 years and 22 grammys, he’s not talking through his hat either. back in april, we interviewed daniel weiss, president of the metropolitan museum of art. weiss told us that the vision of the lauded met breuer was to extend the museum’s contribution to appreciation of contemporary art. this month, our talking walls column features an interview with jeff rosenheim. the met’s curator in charge of the department of photographs is making good on that promise with diane arbus: in the beginning. arbus’s photos are straight up new york city iconography. they are honest and defiant, sweet and bitter (more juxtaposition!) and they fit this “riot to the senses” as well as any show can. and it wouldn’t be october without the hamptons film festival. in our hiff 2.0, we hear from executive director anne chaisson and artistic director david nugent about some of the program’s lineup and where the organization is going now that co-founder stuart match suna has stepped down.

the 10th month also brings a time of preparation. for inspiration, our house of the year is an understated but carefully constructed home balancing modern expression with keeping mother nature front and center. the bates/masi designed home in sagaponack teaches us about experiencing space as a complementer, not a container. our island in the sun is a look at solar energy and the farms of panels sprouting out east. harvesting the sun seems like a good idea, but in this special feature we consider the cost. our décor column breaks down the impact the first impression a home’s foyer can make. and, in continuation of our editorials on large-scale mixed use development, we look at the heartland town square proposal for brentwood. at 450+ acres, the project has a lot to offer, yet as developer gerald wolkoff told us, “it’s only been 14 years” and still approvals are pending. given the progress of sites like ronkonkoma hub and syosset park (read those stories at, it seems these projects, or at least some version of them, may be just what the Island needs.

oh, my autumn armagnac 
yes, yes, yes, it’s my autumn almanac*

* “autumn almanac,” the kinks 

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.