Readings

The Keeper of the Bees

I followed a desire to witness, but not control, the inner workings of living things.

‘I Don’t Think the Artist Longs For the Emergency’: An Interview with Olivia Laing

The author of Funny Weather on publishing a book during a global pandemic, the eternal appeal of outsider artists, and living with an oncoming sense of catastrophe.

Mommy Queerest

Mom wasn’t interested in being the type of mother—or wife—who put her own life on the back burner

Entering the House

Prepared for every situation, even pandemic, mothers should be the ones on TV when our nation is under attack by terrorists or viruses.

‘The Rebelliousness of the Body’: An Interview with Rufi Thorpe

The author of The Knockout Queen on craftsmanship, sexuality, and strength. 

What Were Sports?

A perfect engine of meaningless data creation; an otherworldly space-place where people could depressurize and sometimes succumb to madness; good even when they were bad.

Get Fat, Don’t Die

Beowulf Thorne’s cooking column for people with AIDS claimed the right to pleasure, but in each recipe was embedded an urgent appeal.

Where Are You From?

Race-based data has been collected in North America as far back as 1790. But what happens if you don’t fit the categories society is trying to nudge you into?

‘A Trace of That Darker History’: An Interview with Amina Cain

The author of Indelicacy on elitism, inspiration, and cleaning. 

I Press Execute

Kate Bush invented the internet?