November 14, 2022 7:53 AM EST

In 10 essays, science writer Sabrina Imbler links sea creatures, from sand strikers to sperm whales and feral goldfish, to deeply human aspects of their own identity. In one piece, they describe how yeti crabs thrive more than 7,000 feet below the surface of the ocean, adapting under pressure and finding community in the hospitable pockets of space near hydrothermal vents—and draw a connection between the animal’s means of survival and the niche Imbler carved out at a monthly party thrown by queer people of color in predominantly white Seattle. “Life always finds a place to begin anew,” Imbler writes, “and communities in need will always find one another and invent new ways to glitter, together, in the dark.” —Laura Zornosa

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