Welcome to Off the Record, our new destination for all things behind-the-scenes of Los Angeles magazine—from Q&As with contributors to posts about the inspiration for our latest cover, multimedia extras for our in-book features, musings from editors, and reports on the goings on in our 10th floor offices—including those we’ve posted elsewhere on the site over the years (you’ll see a few of our recent favorites in Off the Record already).
Want to know how photojournalist Spencer Lowell snapped this stunning pic of artist Chris Burden’s Urban Light? We promise to tell you. Want to hear about the many-legged surprise that sent photo editor Amy Feitelberg running from her office as we prepared to send the December issue to our printer last week? Well, we might spare you that story, but we will be sure to tell you the one about how editor-in-chief Mary Melton ended up, years ago, taking home one of the feet from the Sunset Foot Clinic’s old rotating sign (a relic mentioned in this Ask Chris column). Consider this blog an open window to our world; Inside the walls are sticky, and flies are welcome.
Speaking of our world, you’ve probably noticed something else—something big—is different about LAmag.com. No, you’re not imagining things; we’ve just turned on a site redesign. Designed to make things easier to find (trust us, as soon as you get clicking, they will be), we’ve organized our content into five main categories: Features, Food, Culture, Style, and CityThink.
Looking for hourly posts on the local food scene from our dream team of Digest bloggers, food critic Patric Kuh’s award-winning magazine column, our database of restaurant listings, coverage of new eateries, or recipes? You’ll find that in our new Food section.
Event listings, pop-culture commentary, concert previews and reviews, author Q&As, film critic Steve Erickson’s magazine column, and more make up our Culture section, while our fashion features, street style slide shows, and daily posts on fashion and beauty fill up Style.
City Think—where local news and L.A.-ephemera meet cute (yes, you’ll find Ask Chris columnist Chris Nichols’ revamped blog there)—and Features, our archive of the magazine’s longform journalism, have been expanded.
We hope the new site structure makes it easier for you to find what you’re looking for, and also to stumble upon stories you never knew were here.
As you can see, we’ve got a whole lot going on—which just means more fodder for Off the Record.
Want to share early feedback on the launch of the blog or our new look? We’d love to hear from you—and our new comment tool is on.