Written as a personal narrative, this essay explores the possibility of crafting as a coping mechanism of mourning by examining the relationship between the author and his mother-in-law aftet the suicide of his partner. Ultimately refusing to valorize crafting as a transformative or life-saving endeavor while still acknowledging its worth as a mode of living in times of trauma and otherwise, the author engages dark humor and sarcasm to look at how we craft our lives despite terrible loss.

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Joshua Adair avidly collects, renovates, decorates, and cooks when he isn't working as an associate professor of English at Murray State University. He obsesses over rearranging furniture, stalking flea market finds, and making sure the house he shares with his partner, Brad Simmons, stands perennially photo shoot-ready should a design blogger or magazine editor surreptitiously appear and demand entrance. He considers Eddie Ross his archrival; courts all things queer, quirky, and quaint; and hopes to be a pre-incarceration Martha Stewart when he grows up.



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