Crash Land­ing

Sharp - - EDITOR’S LETTER - PE­TER SALTSMAN Ed­i­tor-in-chief

AS IT HAP­PENS, my first job in pub­lish­ing was at this very mag­a­zine, many years ago, as a fresh­faced and ex­pec­tant sum­mer in­tern. I had al­ways wanted to work at a men’s mag­a­zine, and I was ea­ger to make an im­pres­sion. One of the bet­ter tasks back then was to as­sist the ed­i­tors in pick­ing up and drop­ping off press cars for re­view. This was an ex­cel­lent perk. Who else, I asked my 22-year-old self, gets to drive around in ex­pen­sive and pow­er­ful cars and call it work? And who else got to spend half a day out of the of­fice? What a priv­i­lege.

Some­times I would com­bine du­ties, tak­ing a loaner car out for an af­ter­noon mail run or to an in­ter­view. One rainy af­ter­noon, af­ter too much cof­fee and the on­slaught of a split­ting headache, I jumped into a press car and headed off to­wards the post of­fice. It was dif­fi­cult to park near there, and as I ap­proached I re­al­ized I was in the wrong lane. So I sig­nalled, glanced at my mir­rors, and changed lanes — right into the Volk­swa­gen Golf com­ing up be­side me. I heard the crunch of metal al­most be­fore it hap­pened. I was mor­ti­fied. I pulled over and made what still ranks among the most awk­ward phone calls of my life, telling my boss what I’d done. It was my first (and to this day only, I might add) car ac­ci­dent. I sur­veyed the dam­age and men­tally tried to tally the re­pair bill, won­der­ing if the car com­pany’s in­sur­ance even cov­ered trem­bling un­der­grad­u­ates. I can still re­call the shape and depth of the dent on the car’s wheel well — not the im­pres­sion I had meant to leave at all. Surely my bud­ding mag­a­zine ca­reer was over.

Many years — and much hard work and grov­el­ling — later, it seems that crash was just the begin­ning. Proof, maybe, that a lit­tle luck and good­will can go an aw­ful long way. That sum­mer ended and, with the com­ing of fall, I be­gan a new and ex­cit­ing chap­ter. This fall I start an­other one, here again with you.

In this is­sue, we build on these themes of time, suc­cess, and new be­gin­nings. You’ll find in­sights from men like Bruce Mau, who is us­ing his vi­sion and his pro­file to change the world — and from writ­ers like Ben Ka­plan, who finds the best way to mark the pas­sage of time is by es­cap­ing to Las Ve­gas with his dad. Both men are plow­ing for­ward in their dif­fer­ent ways — we all are, so best to make the most of it. It should be a good ride — hope­fully with no ma­jor ac­ci­dents.

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