Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Tallulah Pomeroy

Launched This Week: January 9th-13th

A roundup of stories from our week together at Catapult.

Where are you from?

There is one man who arrives at the chapel a moment before I do and always guides me to the correct book of prayers for that particular service, which saves me a considerable amount of embarrassment. I wonder if we could talk together about our fears, or if these small kindnesses would be ruined by conversation. Do the other guests here fear death, too? If not, why are they here?

Eventually, the sun bleaches the ocean to a lighter shade of blue, so that at its edge it looks almost white. I am in Room 2 at the hermitage; I wonder what the woman in Room 3 is doing right now, or the man in Room 7. Are they seeing what I’m seeing? Are we, in our lonelinesses, more alike than we are different? That is the only consolation. 

Nicole Chung is the author of the national bestseller All You Can Ever Know  and Catapult’s digital editorial director. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Guardian, TIME, and Vulture, among others. Find her on Twitter: @nicolesjchung