Losing your job is never an easy proposition. When your job involved writing and editing for the ever-shrinking print media landscape, it can be even more troubling. Yet when the editorial staff of LA-based GOOD Magazine were let go en masse, they didn’t spend much time drowning their sorrows. Just over a month later, the crew has banded together with a fully-funded Kickstarter and a dream: to put together one last project, on their own terms and in their own voices. Dubbed Tomorrow Magazine, the one-off issue plans to focus on the future, in all its iterations. Several members of the group — Ann Friedman, Cord Jefferson, Zak Stone, Megan Greenwell, and Amanda Hess — sat down with us at KCET to talk about what lies ahead for themselves as well as Tomorrow Magazine. Then we talked about burritos….
Ann: I mean, we love each other.
Amanda: We’re also all of similar age and many of us moved here at the same time.
Cord: That’s not hyperbole, either. I legit love all of these people.
Megan: We use the word family, and it’s really true.
Farley: As the story goes, you guys hatched Tomorrow Magazine at a bar on the night you got fired. So what happened?
Cord: We went to Edendale. Who was there? Me, Megan, Tim [Fernholz] … there were several of us there, and some former colleagues who still work there, just hanging out. We just said, screw this, let’s make one last thing together.
Amanda: I was set to go to New York when I got fired, so I had to go in early just to get let go.
Megan: I had to take her in, then drive her to LAX, then sprint back in my car as quickly as possible so I wouldn’t be late to get fired myself.
Cord: Don’t be late to get fired!
Amanda: After five hours on the plane, I turned on my phone to all of these messages from people throughout my career, but also messages from all of these people. And those were the best ones.
Ann: I just feel sorry for everyone that didn’t get the chance to get fired with us.
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