Cover Photo: Photographs courtesy of the author
Photographs courtesy of the author

Finding Peace at the Most Beautiful Taco Bell in the World

I need the ocean to quiet my thoughts, the surfers to remind me I’m a person, the Taco Bell as a place where I become solid again.


What am I feeling, what am I seeing, what am I hearing, what is the worst thing that could happen, what is the best, what is the most likely?

Anna Held is a writer with essays published or forthcoming in Electric Literature, The Cut, The Rumpus, and BuzzFeed, among others. She can be found on Twitter at @ajshults or at