When January rears its chilly head, I redirect my focus. I guess that’s what resolutions are all about: Read more. Travel. Write. Exercise. Sharpen my French (for a trip to Paris). And my Italian. Play more ice hockey.
Then there’s the me who doesn’t want to leave home much at all—the me who meditates and subscribes to one of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s more indulgent directives: Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. And I love to cook. The challenge is always making many things to choose from so my three discerning children, whom I love recklessly, will each have something they like. I know that’s indulgent, but I love experimenting with different foods to see what “takes.” Their taste buds are developing, after all.
In that same vein, we editors here at Manhattan try to indulge your different tastes: for fiction (this issue we welcome back Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize winner Eve Gleichman, whom I met in a writing class a few years ago); for food (tag along as our esteemed restaurant critic Gael Greene tackles the new uptown RedFarm); for fashion (we’re happy to make our kid style page, Brood, a regular feature for parents like us who enjoy staying in-the-know stylewise); and for a little bit of flash (meet style giant Joe Mimran and his wife, Kimberley Newport-Mimran, who let us in on their “overnight success” with high-style, low-cost company Joe Fresh).
Speaking of overnight successes, we have the loveliest of cover stars, Margot Robbie. Already a Hollywood darling, Robbie shared details of the on-set excitement she felt working with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. While I interviewed her, the Australian beauty mentioned her aversion to wearing red and pink together (which she ended up donning in the movie). While she didn’t break out in her usual hives from seeing the two colors combined, she says, it was still more stressful than the graphic, bare-it-all scene she played opposite Leo.
Let’s hope she makes it through Valentine’s Day!