Now we come to the end of 2014
Finally, I’m grateful to all the people who have shared their time, words, and perspective to help make this project feel vital and special. I’m especially grateful to our core staff writers who have worked tirelessly, graciously, and without financial compensation. The prolific Jordan Mainzer has a voracious appetite for music—in 2014, he saw more than 100 concerts, listened to hundreds of albums, and interviewed dozens of musicians, always in pursuit of two seductive, if beguiling questions: What makes great art? What makes a great artist? Peter Lillis has a special kind of gusto, epitomized by his embrace of the DIT (Do It Together) spirit that acknowledges the strengths and limits of the DIY (Do it Yourself) aesthetic. After spearheading an FP music showcase this spring, he founded Babe City, a new DIT collective and underground music venue in Washington. Andrew Hertzberg is a wellspring of curiosity and a consummate autodidact, as evidenced by his world travels, his devotion to music and literary discovery, and his cultural critiques, often skeptical, but never cynical. While much food writing can feel pretentious or precious, or smack of conspicuous consumption, Freya Bellin Levow writes about cooking and eating as a kind of mindfulness, one that helps define our relationship to our bodies, our minds, and the planet.