by Bryan Washington
from the October 29, 2018 issue of The New Yorker

Bryan Washington’s debut book, a collection of stories called Lot, comes out next March. I see he’s published fiction and nonfiction elsewhere (The Paris Review, Tin House, The Awl, for example), but this is the first time his work has been in The New Yorker, and it’s the first time I’ve seen his name. I’m always happy to see a new author succeed at getting work in The New Yorker, and I’m excited by the prospect of a new voice.

In “Waugh” Washington explores the community/family aspect of a group of male sex workers in Houston. We didn’t get a lot of commentary on last week’s story (so far, I’m the only one, and that’s a very rare occurrence), so I hope you’ll all feel welcome to share your thoughts on “Waugh” and whether it makes you excited to see more of Washington’s work.

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