When I was in Tulum doing research (a.k.a. eating until uncomfortable) for this month’s feature on the outsized food scene there, it became clear that one of the reasons the place feels special is because it’s small, and one of the reasons it’s small is because it lies beyond Mexico’s electrical grid. That’s right—every hotel and eatery must generate its own power, resulting in cuisine that’s world-class, yet in an unspoiled setting.
Constraints like this can be a pain in the keister, but clearly they can have silver linings. In fact, some people seek them out. Cover star Charlie Hunnam tells us that he went into self-imposed exile when shooting The Lost City of Z and didn’t talk to his long-time girlfriend for four months. (No, they were not
spatting.) “It was an opportunity to go as deeply into the work as I’d always craved,” he says of the benefits of isolation.
Novelist Rick Bass, meanwhile, takes us on a hike into the land he loves most, grizzly bear country, without a gun. The rewards, though white knuckle-inducing, are worth it for him. We also get to know five of Chicago’s most over-the-top Cubs fans—folks whose legendary World Series drought made last year’s victory all the more sweet.
Of course, this month’s issue is also full of straight up discoveries: baseball bats are way more complicated than you’d think; Bill Murray hated polo shirts as a kid; you can camp inside churches in England; Bywater is New Orleans’ next neighborhood to love.
If you’re reading this right now, maybe it’s because you had to put your phone on airplane mode—a slight pain in the keister, but I hope our pages show you something that makes you happy, or feel wonder, or see the world from a slightly different angle. Enjoy.