Weekend Essay Roundup

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The last of the presidential debates is on tonight. Before gearing yourself up for that, check out these two great essays we published over the weekend:

“If we can’t see the reality we wish, we simply manufacture it. We supply the demand.”

Roxane Gay deconstructs our fascination with the revelation of the self.

“When I was a teenager, I saw my father chasing his whiskey with a beer and chasing his beer with a whiskey. He mostly played that game of tag in his closet. My father of the toasts and cheers and national anthem sat on the floor among his suits and wept as he drank from his tarnished silver flask.”

Judy Bolton-Fasman unwraps a delicate family history, where members—and non-members—are not always who they appear to be.


Rebecca Rubenstein is the former interviews editor of The Rumpus and the editor-in-chief of Midnight Breakfast. When not reading books made of paper, she can be found thinking aloud on Twitter. She resides in San Francisco and maintains a healthy relationship with the fog. More from this author →