It’s Potluck Month on Man Repeller — a theme that was born from the idea of fullness.
Think about fullness as in comfort.
Fullness as in feeling fulfilled, be that in general life, in romance, in friendships, in hobbies, in career.
Fullness as in feeling whole, or full, in the emotional sense. In the loved sense.
Fullness as in clothing: think texture and volume! Think also about the clothes that you wear while stuffed to the gills, lounging around after a big, delicious meal.
Fullness as in food, of course — the holidays are here! November is a month of gigantic dinners with family and friends, which just immediately makes me think of pie: pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, apple pie, pecan pie, burned marshmallows, stuffing — plus stretchy pants and dinner tables and long-awaited catch-ups.
It also brings us back to our month’s theme, potluck: an assortment of warm and cozy things brought together out of love and Hodge-Podge lives and individualized skillsets and small kitchens. It takes a community to make a potluck successful — you bring the casserole, you supply the living room, I’ll bring the buffalo dip. And I don’t know about you, but when I get too far into my head, or anxious about, oh, all sorts of things really (apropos of the word “anxious,” midterm elections are November 6th; I highly recommend this guide Emma put together), spending time — for some reason, especially around a dinner table — with those who make up my own “community” of family and friends are one the few things that pulls me out of a spiral, even if I resist at first in favor of staying all cramped up inside my head. For that reason, potlucks, in addition to being literally filling, can be cathartic.
And not to give it all away, but our theme of potluck is also a bit of a hint about something special Man Repeller is brewing up…
Not stew! We are not making stew, unfortunately. We’ll tell you about it soon. Put on a pair of oven mitts and hold tight. In the meantime, we’ve got a great month’s-worth of stories coming up for you. Hope you’re hungry!
Photo by Louisiana Mei Gelpi.