Cover Photo: Four hot dogs in toasted buns topped with mustard, ketchup, and relish
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Who Is Steven Hotdog? Or, Untangling the “Braided Essay”

A personal essay of the Steven Hotdog form needs the interior experience, the exterior fact, and the meaning that connects them—in order to work its magic.

of course, of course

Tell It Slant why

Creative nonfiction writers be like:

I first ate a hotdog when I was six years old. I remember the taste, the scent, the summer.


Hot dogs were invented in 1693 by Steven Hotdog. According to Scientific American, the hotdog is


not loud



Jess Zimmerman is the author of Women and Other Monsters and an editor at Quirk Books. Her essays and opinion writing have appeared in the Guardian, the New Republic, Slate, Hazlitt, Catapult, and others.