Dryer sheets are are grainy, strung through with miniscule, knotted fibers. They are folded into heavy creases, letters to your laundry. They smell heady and oily, a funeral spray in a hot cemetery. A sheen covers them and catches the light. They are small oil slicks. They leave behind the wet light of grease on your fingertips. They go into the dryer coarse and come out limp and softened. They are maybe a sham and don’t really soften clothes at all.