found our way through the lost years
now the day brings it all here
all the colors
see the colors
feel the colors*
it is finally may, which brings the looking forward to summer. but may is named for the ancient greek goddess maia, who is connected to looking back, particularly at our ancestors. this is not to say i’m about to sacrifice a pregnant sow to connect the publishing of this issue with antiquity. but in celebration of the eldest pleiadian goddess, this edition has an ironic twist of looking back as well as forward.
two years ago this month stephanie danler’s sweetbitter dropped, shaking the world of food writing and restaurant culture. i first became aware of danler in an interview she did on NPR, thinking that it was both wonderful that a young woman was rocking the literary world and unfortunate that it was a “coming of age” tale. but by the time danler graced our cover in november of 2016, i learned that this was not your run of the mill, after-school-special coming of age. this was about the coming of age that happens later in life, that awakens the senses, sexuality and exploration of a sense of self. for our story, danler was interviewed by the inimitable michael ruhlman, giving us an account of the legend of stephanie danler (still available for your reading pleasure at lipulse.com).
danler’s legend has continued, her sweetbitter becoming a STARZ program premiering this month and her words gracing other books and magazines over the last two years. she returns in this issue to discuss the making of the series and her life since her big break with tina donvito, our resident TV junkie (whose interviews with orange is the new black star jackie cruz and the stranger things phenom gaten matarazzo are also alive and well at lipulse.com).
also making a return to our banner is the met breuer. in april 2016 we featured the newly minted annex of the juggernaut museum vis-à-vis an interview with daniel weiss. the met’s president oversees annual revenues of more than half a billion dollars, but he reminded us that his commitment, and that of the met’s, is to “extend our contribution to the study and appreciation of modern and contemporary art.” weiss spoke about the importance of the met’s legacy, the 5,000 years worth of art in its collection and the commitment of helping viewers understand the traditions a work is relating to, reacting to or interpreting. the promise takes on a whole new meaning as the met breuer shows like life: sculpture, color, and the body (1300–now), the subject of this month’s talking walls column.
and, as these things tend to go in threes, we have another friend returning to our pages. i couldn’t tell you the first time helen harrison graced an issue of pulse (she’s been one of my heroes since the beginning of time), and there have been many occasions over the years in which she has returned to help fill our pages with news of arts and culture from the east end. harrison is more than the director of the pollack-krasner house and study center, she is a vibrant artery keeping the arts and culture alive and well. this month she is the subject of our objectified column, in time to celebrate the living museum’s 30th anniversary.
of course, we are looking forward to summer too—there’s only so much 40-degree wind and rain anyone can stand. to that end our spring gold, the cover story and related trendspotting pages, offers a way to shed the layers and feel the warmer weather through your skin as you go out and enjoy the rest this issue holds.
now the day brings it all here,*
* “colors,” beck