Editor’s Note: Please & Thank You

Essay, music

My editor’s note from Charlotte magazine’s March issue. Cover image by Jonathan Cooper.

IS THERE anything promptu about seeing a show at Snug Harbor? For every band I’ve seen at the Plaza Midwood venue, it’s always been a last-minute decision: If the set starts at 10:30 p.m., I’m calling the Uber at 10:28.

Spontaneity is also why I love Snug. The bartender asks, “What beer do you want?” I shrug and say, “Just give me whatever is cheapest.” The friend I drag along asks, “What band is even playing?” I say, “Does it even matter? You’ll love them.”

READ MORE: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/March-2019/Editors-Note-March-2019-Please-Thank-You/

Editor’s Note: Coming a Long Way


My editor’s note from Charlotte magazine’s February issue.

CLUMPS OF HAIR fall to the floor as Deborah Triplett buzzes off her brown locks with an electric shaver. Bright red lipstick frames her wide smile. “It feels so liberating,” she shouts over the sounds of Janet Jackson’s “What Have You Done For Me Lately.” Triplett holds up a clump, takes a look at it, and says, “What have you done for me lately?” She shrugs and drops the hair to the ground as if tossing a piece of garbage into the bin.

On October 12, Triplett was diagnosed with lung cancer—one tumor the size of a lemon in her right lung, one mast in the center of her chest the size of a child’s hand. The doctors showed her the X-ray—the mast’s veins stretch like extended fingers—and gave her a 35 percent chance of survival.

READ MORE: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/February-2019/Editors-Note-Febuary-2019-Coming-a-Long-Way/

Editor’s Note: The Sunset After the Storm


My editor’s note from Charlotte magazine’s January issue. Cover image by Peter Taylor.

DAVE CRANDALL can tell you anything about the cocktails from The Summit Room. Want something fruity but not too sweet? Try the Kilimanjaro, one of its seven cocktails named after the tallest peaks on each continent. “I’ve been in the business forever,” says Dave, a server at the Dilworth restaurant. He glides across the dining room floor with a Cheshire Cat smile, explaining the must-order drinks—and dishes—to every customer. The thing is, though, he’s never had a sip of any of them.

For our Best New Restaurants list, I wanted to talk to a server who has seen the changes in Charlotte’s food scene—someone with a different perspective from chefs and food writers. When I sat down with Dave at Mama Ricotta’s in November, I figured I could still write that story. But I didn’t want to. There was more to Dave than the food industry.

READ MORE: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/January-2019/Editors-Note-January-2019-The-Sunset-After-the-Storm/

Editor’s Note: Stress Dreams and Gift Giving


My editor’s note from Charlotte magazine’s December issue. Cover image by Logan Cyrus.

I HAVE ONE VIVID, recurring nightmare. It’s the night before Christmas, and I’ve completely forgotten about the holiday. I haven’t gotten gifts for anyone; I haven’t spent hours making sure the bows are tied symmetrically. Cookie dough is still just a bag of flour, uncracked eggs, and a container of sugar. I’m stuck in Charlotte eight hours away from home in Delaware.

I panic and drive to the mall to grab last-minute gifts, but the stalls are all shuttered. CVS for gift cards? Closed. I think I could re-gift something from home, but my closet is suddenly empty.

READ MORE: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/December-2018/Editors-Note-Dec-2018-Stress-Dreams-and-Gift-Giving/

Editor’s Note: Party of One


My editor’s note from Charlotte magazine’s November issue. Cover image by Peter Taylor.

ON MOST SUMMER DAYS at my neighborhood pool, there’s a never-ending loop of bass playing from a small portable speaker. It’s music made for glow sticks and kegstand handstands as a horde of spring breakers cheer. At this small pool in Plaza Midwood though, the club soundtrack often jolts me awake from naps or forces me to dog-ear whatever I’m too distracted to read.

READ MORE: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/November-2018/Editors-Note-November-2018-Party-of-One/