Brittany is a poet and writer based in New York. She also works at the publishing company New Directions. You can find more of her work at saywhen.substack.com.
Brittany Dennison’s Articles
Danielle Whittaker was never particularly fond of birds. She started her studies as an evolutionary biologist by focusinThe Secret Perfume of Birds: Uncovering the Science of Avian Scent (Johns Hopkins University Press). We recently spoke with her about her research on bird behavior and how their sense of smell and their own unique scent m
A motorcycle, at its most basic, is merely an object: two wheels, an engine, and a seat, on which a rider (if not a kick
There is no official embassy of Argentina in Detroit, but chef Javier Bardauil and Ignacio Gerson, co-owners of Barda, consider their restaurant the unofficial one.
I met food designer Sarah Masoni at the tail end of New York’s Summer Fancy Food Show, a bi-annual convention for the kinds of prepackaged substances ty
Mosquitos don’t mind how badly we stink in the summer. In fact, the more we sweat, the easier it is for them to find us: The naturally occurring lactic and uric acids on our skin serve as lighthouses for the hungry little ladies (only femascientifically proven not only to make you smell delightful, but also to repel the pesky biters.
The Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón’s repurposed plastic furnishings weren’t just born from a sense of duty. Whirecently deemed an epidemic—he also appreciates the material for what it is: a lightweight, flexible, yet strong substance that can be sculpted intACdO. “The problem is that the price and the value of the material does not match at the moment.”
In the late 1960s, Czech psychotherapist Stanislav Grof concluded, through his research on LSD at John Hopkins Universit
In his 1967 poem “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace,” the late author Richard Brautigan, a mascot of ’60s cou
In 1994, when I was a child, Mattel released Tropical Splash Ken, a blond-haired and blue-eyed hunk in board shorts and
Olfaction is our swiftest sense. Unlike new information detected by the eyes and ears, which is absorbed by the thalamus
Poet, author, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib is a seasoned conductor of language. His writing—a blend of autobiography, social history, and pop-culture commentary—oObject of Sound, which unpacks how popular songs shape society; and runs the website 68to05, where he publishes essays and playlists of favorite albums recorded between 1968 and 2005. His 2019 book Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest explores the 30-year history of the hip-hop group and how its jazz-infused sounds and socially conscious lyrics influenA Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance (Random House), out next month in paperback, collects Abdurraqib’s thoughts on pivotal moments in pop culture—including
“Man-made artifacts could always be imitated by men,” philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote in his 1935 essay “The Work of A