A Letter From the Editors: October 2017

You might notice a new look at Talkhouse – a "reinvention" of sorts

Hello, dear Talkhouse readers and listeners. This is Amy Rose Spiegel, Talkhouse Music’s editor-in-chief, and Nick Dawson, Talkhouse Film’s EIC, writing to you together on behalf of the rest of the Talkhouse home team.

AMY ROSE: Today, we’re very excited to welcome you to the freshly reupholstered, easier-to-use, “new look, same great taste!” redesign of our site—and to tell you about the new ways we’re organizing editorial content at Talkhouse.

You’ll notice that we’ve expanded our header menu so you can more easily find what you’re looking for, and we’ve added a gray bar to that header that features an assortment of columns from Talkhouse favorites, plus recurring series and franchises, both long-running and brand-new. We’ve also made changes to our sidebar — we’re particularly excited about our new tag cloud, which pulls up topics that Talkhouse has covered in its four years online. We hope you’ll like a few other subtle changes too, like an easier way to access our podcast episodes, whatever your preferred listening platform might be. In the coming days, we’ll also add an “Editor’s Picks” section so you can see some of the pieces that Nick and I are especially excited about.

NICK: Going forward at Talkhouse, there’s going to be a theme each month that thematically ties together written pieces and podcasts on the site. You’ll see it in the sidebar! As we’re re-launching now, the obvious theme of October is “reinvention,” including how Bryan Reisberg went from indie filmmaker to social media “dog influencer,” Jackie Chan moved from action star to actor (and Danny Strong from actor to writer-director!)—and how Whoopi Goldberg became Patrick Swayze. Kind of.

AMY ROSE: On the music side of things, Wafia Al-Rikabi wrote about embracing her Arab Muslim upbringing in her music, Himanshu Suri on Knox Fortune’s move from superstar Chicago producer to a solo artist in his own right, how one band adapted Thomas Mann’s blockbuster novel The Magic Mountain into an album (with illustrations!), and Jen Goma on reimagining a YouTube comments section as a source of communion and togetherness through music. And there’s a whole lot more to come.

We’re so glad to be able to share this reinvention with you, both editorially and in our site’s layout. Let us know what you think, and thanks, as always, for spending time with Talkhouse.

Amy Rose Spiegel and Nick Dawson