Elodie Olson-Coons | Guernica | 14th November 2022
Essay that braids together several disparate topics and themes, including the troubled history of the Alsace-Lorraine region — which was French and then German and then French again — as well as the destruction of Notre-Dame de Paris, the process of making a home, the death of a parent, and what happens afterwards. Sometimes, only a good bonfire can provide closure (3,364 words)
Jessica Leigh Hester | Atlas Obscura | 3rd November 2022
Account of a night spent with a team that maintains London's 150-year-old sewer system. Fatbergs are the enemy: they smell worse than sewage and are harder to clear. "Some of it has a 'mashed-potato consistency'. Other fat is buttery, and so yielding that someone walking across it might find themselves sinking. Over time, it hardens until it is almost geological, solid as rock" (4,294 words)
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