Celebrating Donuts

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At the Paris Review Daily, Sadie Stein writes a reflection on Mayflower donuts and optimism:

Usually, seeing records of defunct restaurants fills me with melancholy. Each one looks so perfect, so glamorous, so wholesome, so wholly desirable. And yet Mayflower Donuts, though it’s long gone, continues to inspire, thanks to the creed. Of course, I see that it’s your basic glass-half-full ideology, but somehow that’s much more fun, much more believable, when the world’s a doughnut.


Lyz's writing has been published in the New York Times Motherlode, Jezebel, Aeon, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book on midwestern churches is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. She has her MFA from Lesley and skulks about on Twitter @lyzl. Lyz is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board and a full-time staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review. More from this author →