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MAURA & ME Mugging for the camera with our cover star, "The Affair"’s Maura Tierney

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Editor's Letter: Sink Back Into the Ocean

By Cristina Cuomo

Photo by Gregg Delman

08.29.16

Film & Fashion 2016

The main title sequence of Showtime’s The Affair is paired with Fiona Apple’s song “Container,” a tension-riddled, addictive tune with haunting lyrics like:

I have only one thing to do and that’s /
To be the wave that I am and then /
Sink back into the ocean.

The song sets the tone for what’s to come—a high-octane, emotional roller coaster love affair and divorce starring our cover actor, Maura Tierney, set in the small but seductive town of Montauk. The show is so good with its four-points-of-view plot that I had to put its Golden Globe-winning actress on the cover of our fall issue,so I could get the scoop on what’s going to happen in season three. Well, that’s not altogether true—I mean, we do have some reveals—but the show is that good. 

That kind of quality of creative content in television is tough to do consistently while keeping the audience captivated, but even harder for a magazine. This summer, my incredible staff—a creative explosion of talent including Ray Rogers, Chelsea Vaccaro, Kat Erardi, Zac Wilson, Sahar Khan, Liane Nelson and Charlotte DeFazio—and all of our incredible contributing writers and freelance editors, like Literary Editor Monique Millane, worked tirelessly to make Beach go beyond our creative goals to provide some true coffee-table keeper issues. So thank you, Beach team!

In retrospect, shooting the beautiful Carolyn Murphy was a highlight for me, as was interviewing Carl Bernstein at his home in North Haven to discuss—what else—politics. But as a lifetime summerist in the Southampton community, living near the Shinnecock Indian Nation, I especially appreciate Bryan Downey’s portfolio in this issue. He photographed a few of the nation’s approximately 150 members who reside on 750 acres of land off the Shinnecock Bay—a nod to their Labor Day Powwow, an annual end-of-summer tradition.

A reason to keep this issue around all winter? Our Feast Guide, which got a makeover in this last issue of the season to include only year-round restaurants (or at least those open until the end of the year). That includes my new favorite, Duryea’s in Montauk (see my review in the Guide), with the most magnificent sunsets over Fort Pond Bay. Then there’s its new sister restaurant, Arbor, also in Montauk, which offers a more refined dining experience than the hamlet’s ever seen. As my lovely friend Amalia Dayan, who lives nearby overlooking Warhol Cove, says: “Now there really is no reason to ever leave Montauk!”

With school upon us, I want my little ones to continue their summer wellness regimens. So I enlisted my friend Erica Karsch, owner of the pre-eminent wellness brand Juice Press, to create a teen card my daughter can use after school every day. After all, as their motto goes, “Juice Press every day keeps processed food ingredients away.” Visit juicepress.com to place your order for your personalized JP-GENZ Card. As an introductory offer to our readers, for every $100 JP-GENZ card issued, Juice Press will credit $10. And look for an essay from my fellow Cornell alum Karsch on her mentoring program in our September issue of Manhattan, with Natalie Portman on the cover, when you get back to the city!

Read on.

–Cristina Cuomo

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