A collection of favorites on themes of sensation, the physical, sport, and the like.
Filet-O-Fish: It’s Halal That, by Abdullah Shihipar
The word “halal” in Arabic means “permissible,” and for Muslims, it refers to everything in life that is part of being a good Muslim.
90’s Kid, by Deenah Vollmer
My mom had to bribe me to wear a skirt to a wedding. She told me we would get a cat if I did.
Bless You Prison, by AJ Daulerio
I write in a separate journal to my son, Ozzy.
In Praise of Defensive Football, by Yonatan Raz Portugali
“I am a Protestant deep into my bones,” Knausgård writes of his distaste for the Brazilian team, pioneers of open, happy, juggling football.
There Is No Dalit Cuisine by Sharanya Deepak
On food and caste in India.
The People of Freetown by Mayukh Sen
The “Grand Dame of Southern Cooking” was a communist.
Career Waiters by Willy Blackmore
It is possible for restaurant workers to do more than barely get by.
It Sort of Gets to Me by Sarah Brouillette
“Don’t these assholes know that not everyone is neurotypical? That it’s utterly fucking wonderful that there are people who aren’t?”
The Pros and Cons of Cheerleading, by Heather Havrilesky
I want my daughter to make cheerleading, and I also don’t want her to make it.
Pussy and the Private Parts, by Ulli Lust
What’s actually obscene.
Walls Against Heaven by Kanishk Tharoor
On borders, and other eschatological fabulisms
Flames on the Side of My Face by Renée Lynn Reizman
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are a colorful reminder of life outside of confinement.