Letter From The Editor

Howdy do, High Hat readers! Comrade Leonard Pierce here, associate editor of this here web-based publication of arts and cultural criticism. Ever since the bill collectors came around our HQ and busted up our prize thimble collection, we’ve been on a mission to get the Hat out quarterly, come hell or high water, and so we present to you our Valentine’s Day special: the First Loves edition.

At the most romantic time of the year, it’s always good to spend time with the ones you love. And while some of our High Hat contributors have sexy, sassy significant others waiting at the end of a box of chocolates, and others, like myself, have an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man from 1978 instead of a girlfriend, our first loves are more often than not the writers, musicians, filmmakers and artists we encountered in our formative years. So, in issue #8, we’re going to take a look at those first loves. Who did we fall in love with at first sight, first listen, first read? How did these adolescent crushes shape our adult relationships with art? Which turned into lifetime commitments, and which of them are the cultural equivalent of that girlfriend you told your friends you picked up over the summer but they wouldn’t know her because she lived in Canada?

Of course, there’s plenty of other content, including our usual fine writing on music, film, television, comics, and recreational abuse; we’re also very pleased to present a special memorial by Phil Nugent to the late filmmaker Helen Hill — and the city in which she lived.

Thanks are due to our entire editorial staff, our outstanding contributors, and, as always, you, the reader. We hope you enjoy this issue, and that it gives you the chance to remember your first love. Mine? Mine is you, dear reader ... always you ...