(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.