Passing from one year to the next isn’t just a chance to start fresh – it’s also an excuse to forget last year’s unfulfilled promises.
In the spirit of remembrance (or accountability), WWD caught up with a few of the editors in chief and publishers polled on their New Year’s resolutions last year and asked them how they did. “Last year’s ‘less food, more exercise’ wasn’t particularly effective,” admitted Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter. “Perhaps I got them mixed up – maybe it should have been the other way around?”
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Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin was similarly sheepish about her 2008 resolution, which was to “kick my pork butt addiction and move on to healthier foods like eco-friendly farmed striped bass.” Looking back, she said, “I failed completely. My holiday cocktail party highlighted pork three ways – dates stuffed with chorizo, asparagus wrapped with prosciutto, sliced salami.” In the coming year, she’ll resign herself to porcine dependency: “I’ll try to attain peace and happiness by eating porky favorites like Sara Jenkins’ porchetta or Allan Benton’s bacon. That’s a resolution I know I can keep.”
Lucky publisher Gina Sanders said last year that she hoped to reread “The Iliad,” make a piecrust from scratch and learn to surf. So? “Regrettably, not so much,” said Sanders. No wonder that this year she’s “keeping it simple. My resolution is to do my part to perpetuate simple acts of kindness.”
Short-term failure, of course, is no excuse to give up on the vows of self-improvement. Details publisher Steve DeLuca is giving himself another year to complete his 2008 resolution of becoming fluent in Italian, which also happens to be Travel + Leisure editor in chief Nancy Novogrod’s resolution. Lucky’s editor in chief, Kim France, hasn’t been discouraged, either. “This year my main resolution is to get better at remembering people’s names. I’m awful at it, and it’s so rude! If I succeed it will be a minor miracle,” she said.
Travel + Leisure publisher J.P. Kyrillos is resolving “to continue to be a holdout and not be on Facebook,” while his counterpart at Food & Wine, Chris Grdovic, wants to move in the opposite direction and “declare technology independence and be able to download, upload, sync and link all my many devices.” Here’s to another year of partial fulfillment.