Meet Extra Extra nº18 in secluded corners where red wildflowers blossom. Author Ayòbámi Adébáyò, feeling an absence of intimacy during the pandemic, ponders the nature of touching and closeness in distanced times. Discover the sensual geometric landscapes of Koen Taselaar in ‘Flaccid Intermezzo,’ a special 16-page commission. Encounter a tantalising interview with glitch feminist Legacy Russell by Fatoş Üstek, while Studio Ossidiana explores the sentimental scale of the city with James Taylor-Foster, filmmaker Dea Kulumbegashvili converses with Caitlin Quinlan, and artist Lindsey Medick speaks on vampiric love and destructive desire with Natasha Hoare. In the Some Thoughts on Cuisine essay, Kitty Drake spoons sugar and the tangy taste of oysters on your tongue, and Justine Gensse lifts a magnifying glass to erotic detective fiction in the Extra Reading feature. Also in the issue, Quinn Latimer pens letters to firey syllables and gaze upon Pieter Hugo’s luminous portraiture, captured in Cape Town, Beijing and Mexico City.