On the Mat We’re Briefly Perfect: On Netflix’s ‘Cheer’

Junior college is two years, but Daytona is forever. Lovely art criticism from Arielle Zibrak: “In all aspects of the sport, self sacrifice is the chief tenet — and the best way, in fact, of extending one’s life beyond the limits of time.”

Published: Jan 22, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,882 words)

Dancing at Lizzo’s Wedding

“[N]o matter how wildly inventive and unconventional I know the people involved to be, there’s always some degree of this absurd clichédness to the ceremony and the beginning of the party when they make all of the speeches, and dance like everyone’s watching (because they are), and throw bouquets and underthings. It’s about tradition, after all. But then—there’s the dance party.”

Published: Sep 23, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,000 words)