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VIVA LA RESOLUTION: Magazine editors tend to be overachievers par excellence. To their credit, most of them recognize this, and every once in a while they like to fantasize about being the kind of people who can shut off their mobile devices for 15 minutes without having a panic attack. The desire to halt the encroachment of work on leisure time in 2006 was a theme of many editors’ New Year’s resolutions, as expressed to WWD. “Mine is to wean myself from my Treo, at least on weekend evenings and in the bathroom,” said More editor in chief Peggy Northrop. Glamour’s Cindi Leive listed her goals this way: “Sleep more, Blackberry less, never miss a ‘Daily Show,’ perfect my roast chicken. And run fast enough that I can overtake this one guy who practically every single morning passes me down by Battery Park.”

Here are some other editors’ resolutions:

  • Klara Glowczewska, Condé Nast Traveler: “Read a book a week, cook at least one great meal a week, finally organize my 400-plus photographs from the safari I took in Zambia last summer, and then — this, I know, is the most ambitious — find the time to do absolutely nothing. Oh, I forgot — ski as much as humanly possible.”
  • Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Elle Accessories: “To try to balance life as an mother, editor, author, equestrian and friend. And to eat less pad thai.”
  • Stacy Morrison, Redbook: “To spend less money on Prada and Rickard Shah shoes and more money on BDDW furniture — I just bought a new place.”
  • Jim Nelson, GQ: “One, build on the leaps we made this year in editorial and circulation. Two, learn how to make uno mojito. Three, make GQ synonymous with great reporting. Four, melt the hearts of fashionistas. Five, get the ungettable, woo the unwooable, schmooze the unschmoozable.”
  • Susan Schulz, Cosmogirl: “To RSVP

    the day I get an invitation, and to write thank you notes the day I get something so that I don’t forget.”

  • Angela Burt-Murray, Essence: “Make it home for dinner with my family at least twice a week, and start using the elliptical machine my husband bought me six months ago for its intended purpose and not as a laundry rack.”
  • Pamela Fiori, Town & Country: “In the face of another transit strike, I’d say make like a Boy Scout and ‘be prepared.'”

Not that all these noble intentions will yield results, of course, as some know all too well. Self editor Lucy Danziger was getting an early start on one of her resolutions for 2004, taking a jog on New Year’s day, when she got hit by a car and had to limp home. “I was sidelined for a while,” she said. “So I learned you can start your resolutions over any day of the year.”

Leive was similarly disillusioned, though in a less dramatic fashion. “I think last year I said my resolution was to finally finish reading ‘The Power Broker,’ and one year later, it’s still on my nightstand … though I did manage to read a few dozen novels, a few biographies and about 50 issues of Us Weekly in the interim.”

And then there’s Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair, whose resolutions for 2004 included quitting smoking and bringing down the Bush administration. Well, one out of two’s not bad.
Jeff Bercovici

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