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editors' note

we released our last issue in quarantine summer, a time when we were at least able to be apart togetherin the open air, beleaguered but sharing in our sorrow. this volume finds us at the brink of winter, yearning to be in the company of others—in gyms, on dancefloors, in protest. these essays turn listening into a collective act, and help us remember in music impossible longing, self-shattering grace, queer kinship and political love.


below, as always, you'll find a playlist curated by our contributors, offering context and atmosphere for your reading.


thank you for again being with us.



bob + sarah

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