Letter from the editor

Dear reader,

When we first decided on the theme for this issue, we had no idea how relevant it would become to our own personal lives. At the end of August, we decided to move from the tiny one-room cabin that we’ve called home for the past two years, our first ever, very humble Catskills abode. Though we have unending fondness for our time here, it’s getting increasingly difficult to maintain any semblance of sanity in one big room, without doors, with two people who work primarily from home (and two very needy pets). It’s time to move on to bigger pastures, which for us means trading in our mountain meadow view and our visiting deer friends for a fenced-in backyard, a separate bedroom, and laundry. For now.

But the concept of “home” extends far past your physical location, which is something we’ve discovered over and over while developing the contents of this issue. Home can be an emotion, or a sensation, or a culture, or a person (sorry for getting that Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros song stuck in your head). It’s anything that makes you say, yes, this is where I belong, and once you find it, it sticks with you forever. There’s a reason that Irish emigrants still sing several different odes to Ireland, even years after they’ve left the homeland.

The Catskills are the first place I’ve really felt at home, much more than Long Island, where I grew up (too many fancy cars!), Boston, where I went to college (too many sports!), or New York City, where I lived post-grad (no one dances at shows!). So despite our relocation to less “Catskillian” headquarters, the mountains remain our home, much like they do for many of the artists featured in this issue.

And, like many others, we always aim to come back home. So keep your eyes peeled for a cabin in the Catskills—we’re in the market! We’d just prefer it have two rooms.

To home (and happy fall!),