Letter from the Editors
We at the High Hat are thrilled to buck the
odds to deliver this, our third issue. Although we are not on any
kind of regular schedule, establishing a regular publication schedule
is a goal for 2004, as is a print anthology of the first year.
issue marks the first High Hat in which we have dropped our political
Screeds department in favor of a new section for special
features, Potlatch. The Potlatch department for this issue contains
Top Tens for 2003 from some of our regular writers as well as a
first-time contributor. The Algonquin Kids’ Table for Issue
#3 will be devoted to discussion of these and other Top Ten lists.
We hope you enjoy the lists and the discussion.
We also want to
heartily congratulate Dana Knowles, whose brilliant read of Sam
Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs from Issue #2 received
Award nomination in the Exceptional Achievement
in Criticism category, alongside other such up-and-comers as Robin
Wood in Cinéaction and Armond White in the New York Press.
but certainly not least, joining our burgeoning editorial board
for this issue is the multi-talented Leonard Pierce. Leonard
and Gary Mairs, who joined us for the last issue, have done an
enormous amount of work on this issue and helped to shape the
standards for High Hat articles for all issue yet to come. Besides
and Gary, Don Slutes continues to volunteer as our copy-editor
and coder, Herb Robinson still provides us with valuable server
space and technical help, and Lee Caulfield still designs our
lovely front page.
Please read on, and we hope you enjoy it!
Bill, Gary, Leonard and Don