Writer, “Sporting Life” (p. 26)
What do you enjoy the most about Marin? How easy it is to do almost
anything, how almost everything is good looking, how almost everything
I want to do is here in Marin, how nice almost everyone is.
How did you originally get into writing? After a random meeting with a
publisher who hired me to write several small
books, I’ve never looked back.
Where has your work appeared before?
Articles I wrote have been published in the San
Francisco Chronicle, Santa Fe New Mexican,
New Mexico Magazine, Gentry Magazine,
Maine Antique Digest, Chile Pepper Magazine,
California Home and Design, Oakland Magazine,
Hali and Publishers Weekly.
Writer, “Where There’s Smoke” (p. 38)
What is the biggest problem with California’s
marijuana industry right now? The tax rules
currently in place are causing major headaches for the regulated market — prices have
skyrocketed in the pivot from medical to recreational. Until legal cannabis is affordable, black
markets and unlicensed dispensaries will continue to enjoy a substantial share of the profits.
No. 1 piece of advice for marijuana novices
looking to partake? Start slow and always read
packaging carefully before consuming. Many
edible products come with multiple doses and
are not intended to be ingested all at once.
Where has your work appeared before? My
writing on culture and cannabis has appeared
in Vanity Fair, Billboard, San Francisco
Chronicle, Paste, The Believer, Bandcamp,
SF Weekly, Maxim, Uproxx, Everfest and
more. Follow me on T witter @zackruskin.
Illustrator, “Where There’s Smoke” (p. 38)
What did you enjoy most about this assignment? I had a good time designing
the pot supermarket.
Any funny pot stories you’d want to share? A friend of mine lived in a building with a terribly garbled intercom system. As a joke, I rang his apartment
buzzer and announced, “OPEN UP, NE W YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT!”
Little did I know my friend was stoned out of his gourd — in his reefer-induced paranoia, he flushed all his weed down the toilet.
Where has your work appeared before? My graphic novels include Ichiro and
the upcoming Curious George, a comic adaptation of everyone’s favorite little
chimp (both are published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). I also draw for Nike,
Red Bull, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Wired, Politico and many others.
Writer, “Chilling and Grilling” (p. 32)
What was the most challenging part of this
story? It’s always a fun challenge to coordinate the timing efficiently with all of the
moving parts, including selecting props,
cooking, grilling and assembling four different recipes, and styling the shot. It can
take a couple of hours to complete one
perfect photo, and on a project like this we
needed four perfect photos.
How did you get into food writing and photography? I put an interior design career
on hold and moved to Europe to study
cooking in Paris, and I ended up staying
abroad and living in three countries over
15 years. I found the first and best way
to step into a new culture was through
Where has your work appeared before? I
have published three cookbooks (a fourth
is on the way) and my column TasteFood.