My annual fortnight of coma begins today. I leave the Dish in the ever-more-capable hands of Patrick Appel and Chris Bodenner, the two indispensably industrious and creative ramparts for this entire contraption. They are joined for the next two weeks by Zoe Pollock and by three new voices here – Chas Danner and Gwynn Guilford, our new interns – and by Matt Sitman, our new literary editor. Please be polite: it's not easy stepping into the spotlight previously occupied by the boss, especially when you are the new hires. But they're new hires for a reason – and with each vacation, I find myself happily less necessary for the life of the place. So have fun while I'm gone.

See you when I come back up for air.