COVER BY Maya Jain
From the Editor
What do people spend their time thinking about?
The relationship they have with their childhood blanket, their customers, their memories, with cooking, their artistic process, their fluid identities. It seems that regardless of how close or distant we feel from the people around us, we are constantly preoccupied with each other, and we keep reaching out with tenderness, often without meaning to.
The following stories and artworks explore this, the ways in which we care. I am incredibly excited to showcase the work of all our incredible contributors, who have given so much time and attention to exploring the details of our daily kindnesses and cruelties. Our sixth issue is a reflection on our capacity for consideration, the ways in which we project significance onto mundane things, how we create meaning for ourselves through care.
“Laila, do you remember the mutton pulao Nani used to make?”
“You’re a fucking goldfish.”
When Ned pitched the idea for vegan-junk-food nights, I said yes before he’d finished his sentence. Every Saturday, for a while, I went over to his, sat by the window overlooking a lively little lane in Norwich. A cold beer in hand, I made conversation, laughed, and stayed out of his way while he cooked something decadent and new.
Elinor Arden explores care as a transgressive performance through her experience as a performer at a recent Marina Abramovic show. She experiments with the act of translating bodily symbols onto the page. Describing the exhibition becomes a metaphor for the complex relationship between you (reader) and I (writer): the antipode of you (viewer) and I (performer).
Your body springs back against me like a fairy moss lawn,
guiding me to green.