Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Every Little Homie Needs a Nickname

Listen, it’s okay to say you want something to stick around. It’s okay to love something.


East Bay ExpressStay

yes, you absolutely should

Good for him

obeylisten to me

Do you know my person? Nothing should be ownedowner

Nothing should be owned, I thought, after first writing the word owner.

I wanted to hate the place, but yes, their specialty, cronuts, a cross between a donut and a croissant drizzled in this perfect vanilla glaze, are divine, so yes, we began stopping by on our morning walks, and yes, we generally were first in line when it opened at nine.

what are you waiting for


Why not


Tomas Moniz's debut novel, Big Familia, was a finalist for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway, the LAMBDA, and the Foreward Indies Awards. He edited the popular Rad Dad and Rad Families anthologies. He’s a 2020 Artist Affiliate for Headlands Center for Arts. He has stuff on the internet but loves penpals: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. He promises to write back.