As I write these words, it is exactly 15 years to the day since I left the English magazine Hi-Fi News
(then Hi-Fi News & Record Review
) to take the editorial helm
. What has driven my editing of both magazines (and, Carol Baugh, p.10, I certainly do "edit" them) has been the view that the traditional model of a magazine—that it dispense and the readers receive wisdom—is fundamentally wrong. Instead, I strongly believe that a magazine's editors, writers, and readers are involved in an ongoing dialog about their shared enthusiasms. Stereophile
's involvement in Shows stems from this belief, and it is in this light that its "Letters" column should be regarded as the heart of each issue.