From the editor
WE find ourselves in the midst of launch season, when arts companies reveal their programs for next year and hope to entice you into buying a subscription, planning an interstate trip or, at the very least, pencilling in one or two things. Fair enough: arts events need audiences. But I’ve always been puzzled by the huge level of secrecy and control companies like to impose on this stuff. As I have often said, I’d be more surprised, and it would be more newsworthy, if a company were going out of business rather than it being business as usual. They really should get over it. TODAY we welcome The Weekend Australian’s Travel & Indulgence section into the Review fold. Under the longstanding and highly expert editorship of Susan Kurosawa, Travel & Indulgence has been produced in broadsheet format for many years and found in a different section of the paper. From this week it is published in the same format as Review and Weekend A Plus and can be found tucked inside. (And no, it hasn’t eaten up pages previously occupied by the TV listings; it has migrated from one spot to another.) Ms K is a legendary figure in the business and a wonderful colleague, as is Travel & Indulgence’s deputy editor, Michelle Rowe. And if you read Weekend A Plus, which I recommend, you’ll know both are indefatigable multi-taskers. Michelle’s Food Detective column is a fabulous read, and I speak as someone who last cooked a meal in 1986 and refers to a glass of wine and a handful of canapes consumed in a theatre foyer as ‘‘dinner’’. Somehow Susan finds the time to write her very sharp-eyed and funny column I Don’t Believe It, between travelling the globe and editing. Their energy is inspiring.