Body Language edited by Nicole Chung and Matt Ortile
A kaleidoscopic anthology of essays published by Catapult magazine about the stories our bodies tell, and how we move within—and against—expectations of race, gender, health, and ability.
On sale July 12, 2022 • ISBN: 9781646221318
Bodies are serious, irreverent, sexy, fragile, strong, political, and inseparable from our experiences and identities as human beings. Pushing the dialogue and challenging monolithic myths, this collection of essays tackle topics like weight, ability, desire, fertility, illness, the embodied experience of race in deep, probing challenging ways.
Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in Body Language affirm and challenge the personal and political conversations around human bodies from the perspectives of twenty-five writers diverse in race, age, gender, size, sexuality, health, ability, geography, and class—a brilliant and diverse group probing and speaking their own truths about their bodies and identities, refusing to submit to others’ expectations about what their bodies should function or want or look like or behave.
Covering a wide range of experiences—from art modeling as a Black woman to nostalgia for a high school sport that has brutalized many bodies, from the frightening upheaval of cancer diagnoses to the small beauties of funeral sex—this collection is intelligent, sensitive, and unflinchingly candid. Through the power of personal narratives, as told by writers at all stages of their careers, Body Language reflects how, as we evolve as people, so do the ways we celebrate, live with, and reside in our bodies.
NICOLE CHUNG is the author of All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir and Catapult's digital editorial director.
MATT ORTILE is the author of The Groom Will Keep His Name and Catapult's digital managing editor.