Gary Mairs was the EiC on this one, and he did a terrific job under trying circumstances; thanks also to Paul Hernandez, who ran the thing from a technical perspective and likewise did an amazing job.
Please do take a look at this, our special Robert Altman issue. It's got some great articles in it, including many by LJ stalwarts: thehighhat contributes this piece on Altman's Thieves Like Us, as well as institutionalism in HBO dramas; ninafarina has a terrific perspective on A Prairie Home Companion; our hero calamityjon sounds off on Altman's Popeye and the collected Peanuts; blue_straggler has this on artificial intelligence in fiction; and ezrael has some things to say on the multiverses of DC and Marvel.
There are also plenty of other outstanding pieces: Dana Knowles' terrific Altman overview; Gary Mairs on the new Altmans; the always-worthwhile Phil Nugent on Altman's actors; Scott von Doviak on weird Altman, and plenty more. For those who don't give a shit about Robert Altman but still wanna read good criticism and essays, check out Steve Hicken's piece on Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire; Phil Freeman on death metal; Phil Nugent's Richard Pryor obituary; and Tom Block's excursis on the Dan Dority/Captain Turner fight in Deadwood, as well as lots more.
I have a few slight little whimsies up there are well: a piece on Altman's underrated Secret Honor, an overview of five great novels about drinking, and my long-promised fluffy whatnot about monkey movies. Read the excellent work of others first before disappointing yourself with these.
Keep checking back; there's more content to come in the weeks ahead. And please do take a look and tell your friends; I think we've got some great stuff up this time around. Thanks!