Weeding out Aesthetics

Queering Theory untangles critical theory through the multifarious lens of queer theory, food, and ecology. Creeping between the cracks and fingering fissures in façades, they creep their tendrils beneath constructed order, raising chaos and razing foundations. Mutable and thoroughly reviled; they are weeds: the antithesis of human endeavour. Insistent in their…



During the 2020 pandemic, I was furloughed and eventually laid off. For the first time in my life, I had time, and few external forces to structure it. The open days stretch ahead of me, and I created my own routine to fend off the anxiety of unemployment, of worrying what was next. I walked around my Brooklyn neighborhood every day, past the beautifully landscaped front yards, the Jamaican juice shop with vegan patties, bodegas and honking cars of Flatbush. I ran 2 to 3 times a week at the park. I cooked, able to prepare meals that felt far different from the rote task of fueling my body. I submitted job applications. I attended numerous protests for Black lives. I read novels. Though clouds of panic would periodically engulf me, I felt grounded enough to know they would pass. I routinely fell asleep before 12 AM for the first time in over a decade.