how people call their tiny apartments "my house"
If Grief Bacon has become Stress Beacon - pull back! I'm happy to read your words however and whenever they arrive.
Re: Couches in public places - As a functioning narcoleptic, I've never met a public couch I couldn't fall asleep on (I'll extend the definition to the bench on the W4th St subway platform - yikes). I'm currently sitting on my first adult, non-Ikea couch. What a thing.
Firstly: I support you drawing up a schedule that works for you! I subscribe because I want to support your writing, but my inbox is such a trash fire that I don't expect to read every issue. At least this will encourage me to dig out the ones I haven't gotten to yet.
ALSO: completely agree that couches are a scam. I'm hoping to buy my first non-IKEA couch this summer and interest free credit is the only way to go. But, like, surely there's only a finite number that can be sold? How are so many seemingly identical businesses thriving, and yet their products are always on sale? Fellow UK readers, you know what I'm talking about!
I have a red couch. It’s become a thing. People say “can we come hang out on the red couch” when they want to come my way. It’s not that expensive, as far as couches go, but it’s comfortable and it was more expensive than I really could have handled at the time, so my mom helped me out a bit. I’m lucky. One day, I’ll get a nicer couch than the red couch, but I have a feeling we will talk about the red couch for a long time.
Beautiful essay. And also, as a fellow Extremely Tall person who has become accustomed to and quite adept at scrunching up in order to fit in places, I relate HEAVILY