From the Editor: Food, Fashion and History

Plus, feedback from our December issue.

When we put out something like “175 Reasons to Dine in Delaware,” we sell the state short. With nearly 2,000 restaurants operating here, most worth frequenting for any number of reasons, it wouldn’t be hard to come up with 5,000 reasons. But magazines are only so big. Hard choices must be made. It is, in a word, painful. Rest assured, we drove writer Pam George nearly crazy trying to match the best places with the best reasons. The fact is, most of the restaurants we mentioned could have been listed under several categories. Did we choose well? We hope Pam’s story inspires you to explore. 

Playwright David Robson has been on our radar since Delaware Theatre Company staged his “Playing the Assassin,” to much acclaim, a few years ago. Again, space—and time—impose their limits, so it is only now, the month his “After Birth of a Nation premieres at City Theater Company, we can take you inside his creative mind. Writer Matt Desiderio does an admirable job of showing the forces that shape Robson and the subjects that attract him. They are not for the faint of the heart, but if you have a sense of humor, we are certain you’ll be entertained. 

Also in the People department, we introduce you to style setter Beth Buccini of Chadds Ford, whose Kirna Zabête boutique revolutionized fashion retailing when it opened in New York City nearly 20 years ago. Beth turned things upside down in part by buying designers who hadn’t caught on yet, then putting them on the map. Writer Amy White explains all. If you’re curious, you can visit Buccini’s newest boutique on Philadelphia’s Main Line.

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More in the People department: Even a story about a road or a school is essentially about the folks that are a part of it. This month writer Matt Butler takes us down Del. 9 from Southbridge in Wilmington to Memorial Drive near Delaware Memorial Bridge, an area of neighborhoods established as affordable housing for black veterans of World War II. The area has seen good times and bad, joys and tragedies, while its residents have maintained a strong distinct sense of place. Recent investments and efforts may lift it yet higher.  

The big news at the Pilot School in Wilmington may be its recent move into a new state-of-the-art building on a large wooded campus, but the heart of the place remains students who are safely learning how to learn in a conventional setting and the educators who understand their special challenges. Writer Michael Bradley explains how the Pilot community has succeeded at its special mission for 60 years.

As always, there is more inside. Enjoy.

—Mark Nardone


You can have all of the empathy you want and there will still be injustice in the world (“Empathy Matters,” December). As a white person, I too would have a hard time understanding what it feels like to be a minority. However, your point of view—like most in the liberal media—is one sided. You can talk all you want about Black Lives Matter, but I’m sick of people supporting a movement that is in itself racist. Many of these Black Lives Matter people hate white people and they are protesting the exact thing that they are acting out. The worse thing is their view of our law enforcement officers and their hatred toward police. You don’t mention that in your article, now, do you? How can you support this racist movement and not talk about their methods and disregard for our police and rule of law? Is a truly just society one where we have people killing our police officers? I will not be renewing my subscription to your magazine.

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—Roger Aspen, Ocean View

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