Cover Photo: Rothko Chapel, Houston | photo by Aleksandr Zykov/flickr
Rothko Chapel, Houston | photo by Aleksandr Zykov/flickr

Finding Peace at the Rothko Chapel: What Local Arts Can Teach Us About Our Cities—and Ourselves

In Houston, as with everywhere else, the arts serve as tiny lifeboats—and sometimes, if we’re lucky, we all find ourselves floating together.

This is Bayou Diaries, a column by Bryan Washington on his life and history in diverse, expansive Houston.

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Bryan Washington’s debut collection, Lot, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. He has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, One Story, GQ, FADER, The Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston.