24 September 2012
Peter Kaplan & The New M
It starts with a Peter Kaplan email that looks like a loft in Soho. Lots of white space. Several cancellations and loftmails later we get together for lunch. Kaplan's wearing khakis, a blue button down oxford and a foulard tie. We sit across from each other in a restaurant booth of an empty Irish pub.
Kaplan (picking up a menu): You hungry?
Me: I've already had lunch.
Kaplan: Of course you have. It's three o'clock..
Me: I'll just have a club soda.
Kaplan asks the waitress a question. In a meter not unlike my Russian cleaning lady. Halting. The waitress answers. He interrupts her. She stops. He stops. She replies and he interrupts her again. It's exhausting if you cringe easily...which I do.
Kaplan: So here's what I want you to do.
I write notes on a napkin. And another napkin. Kaplan eats lunch and I drink three club sodas. I have to pee like a race horse but I don't want to interrupt him because he's throwing gold at me. We'll see each other two more times. Each time he'll be wearing the same tie, a blue button down and khakis.
M Magazine debuts today on newsstands. If you have a hard time finding it, you can meet Kaplan and the magazine he's editing through his letter from the editor. There's some good stuff here. Gold. You may wanna grab a club soda. [Click images to read]