Introduction

This issue’s creative nonfiction knocked us out, and we hope it will do the same for you. Here, you’ll find hybrid forms that push the boundaries of narrative structure, as in Matthew Gavin Frank’s essay, “Qualifications on Twenty Things Said About Dover Cake,” a collage of intimate descriptions, ranging from the origin of ingredients to familial confession. In Marcia Aldrich’s essay, “Raw,” she explores her fraught relationship with food: “If a documentary were being made of our mornings, the filmmaker would pull my mother aside and ask her: what do you really feel about breakfast? And my mother, if she were being truthful, would look into the camera and say: I hate it.” Each of these pieces ignites a yearning to know a younger self, to taste something unfamiliar, and to stretch the boundaries between language and experience. We delighted in reading passages of these essays out loud—the play of words, the humor and melancholy, ringing true.