Word of the Day: Adoxography


(n.) skilled writing in praise of trivial or unpleasant subjects

When people in a privileged society look deep within themselves to find what is missing, a streamlined clothes-cleaning experience comes up a lot. More often than not, the people who come up with lessening this burden on mankind are dudes, or duos of dudes, who have only recently experienced the crushing realization that their laundry is now their own responsibility, forever.

—Jessica Kessler, “Let’s Like, Demolish Laundry.”

Have you ever noticed that the finest writing is sometimes on the most trivial topics? Thoreau was famous for his musings on nature; Seneca’s letters often complained about his sinuses. This is the craft of writing: in the hands of the right writer, even the most mundane topic becomes a curious examination of self. With this in mind, we humbly suggest throwing whatever you think about laundry through a spin cycle with Jessica Kessler’s piece on the surprisingly cutthroat realm of home-delivery laundry.

Sara Menuck is currently pursuing BA in English & Professional Writing at York University, Toronto, without being very professional at all. Having interned with a variety of small press publications, she currently works as a prose reader for The Winter Tangerine Review, a department editorial assistant, and, in her free time, a teacher of music to very small, adorable children. More from this author →