JJ Goode uses rich and beautiful language to contemplate his subject matter: poo. His ponderings on why we talk so freely about masticating, but not defecating, are nothing but fascinating.

After seven years submerged in the toilet bowl of parenthood, coauthoring cookbooks by day and wiping butts by night, it began to strike me as somehow both perfectly sensible and utterly strange that a product of ordinary bodily function remains a societal third rail, that for almost two decades I’ve written about eating and never even considered acknowledging the aftermath.