Letter From The Editor

They said it couldn’t be done. They said it was impossible. They said there was no way on God’s green earth that the High Hat, the internet’s finest magazine of arts and culture, would make it to a tenth issue.

And, well, so far they’re right. But we made to issue #9, and that’s something. They probably didn’t think we’d get this far, either. (Who are they? We’re gentlemen here on the editorial board and don’t like to name names. But we know ’em when we see ’em.)

Putting this issue together has been a testament to how intensely difficult it can be to assemble a quality publication when you’re doing it purely for the love. Your editors have undergone enormous tribulations since issue #8 — career changes, creative accomplishments, families in flux, and all that other everyday stuff that piles up into what we call a life. But for all that we’ve been through, we’ve also never forgotten this magazine, and why it’s important to keep putting it out: because there are a lot of incredibly talented people on a lot of diverging roads telling a lot of traveling stories, and someone’s got to give those stories a place to live.

Place is a big part of this issue — it’s our theme, in fact. The question of where you are and how you came to be there has shaped some of the most personal and vital art of our time, and in the High Hat #9, a number of our writers try to answer that question: they’re in an imagined landscape, a familiar place, a post-9/11 New York, a musical America, an idealized cinematic Tokyo, a mythopoetic West Virginia, or the Maine of Stephen King.

We’re also happy to bring you our usual rafter of top-notch writing on film, television, music, and whatever other cultural driftwood that washes up on our shores. Whatever place you’re in, we invite you to spend a little time at ours; we’re open all night, the jukebox is free, and you can call it home no matter where you’re from. There’s a signpost up ahead: next stop, the High Hat.