Inside Austin All Natural

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Michael Abedin, Publisher and Editor

Michael Abedin, Publisher and Editor

A Letter to Our Readers

Probably recycling this lead from a past September issue if memory serves (which it doesn’t always, lately) but it’s too good not to use it again. The September Issue is a documentary about creating the September 2007 edition of Vogue magazine, an 820-page monster weighing in at about five pounds. September is when new fall lines debut, and the film follows editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, said to be the inspiration for Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada, as she cuts a swath through the heavyweights of the design industry.

Magazines 101.

Good gig, if you can get it. Sort of humbling when you’re trying to figure out what to do after 100 issues of a nice little natural magazine. 101 as a palindrome, same articles forward and back? Beginner’s primer – Natural 101? (See Spot. See Spot run from the holistic vet. Run, Spot, run.)

Wintour nails it at the end, when the thing’s done and her beleaguered assistant asks – what do we do now?

Start on the next one, she says.

Michael Abedin


Stretch Yourself


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