The Heat Issue

A Pleasure to Burn: One Family’s Hot-Sauce Heirloom

In my family, harming yourself is unholy, unless that harm is eyes watering from tasting hot sauce.

Twist of Faith: Q&A With “God Land” Author Lyz Lenz

“Cultural Christianity’s power as moral currency is something society still uses to define who’s good and who’s bad. For women, for people of color especially, how you look, how you dress, how you act shapes how we interpret who’s in and who’s out.” Read more »

Cabin Fever: The New Luxury of Adult Summer Camp

Scroll through the websites of most of the adult summer camps and look at the founders, counselors, and instructors. You’ll rarely see a Black person or person of color. Read more »

Bad Mouths: The Long History of Sanitizing Women’s Language

Many of us think of washing someone’s mouth out with soap as an outdated punishment for ill-tempered children, but for a long time it was also commonplace as a corrective for women. Read more »