Posts Tagged: essays
For The Smart Set, Natasha Burge walks the streets of Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and examines the ways both cities and selves can change through time.
In this latest Multitudes installment for The Rumpus, Christine No writes a stunning piece on family and attempts at healing....more
Take an immersive trip down the Maine coast with Porter Fox at Nowhere magazine.
For The Rumpus, Nancy Jooyoun Kim examines the bizarre dynamics and privilege within the world of tourism.
At The Offing, Gabrielle Montesanti’s reflections on piss are pretty great....more
Noriko Nakada writes with mesmerizing beauty on outrunning her darkness for Catapult.
In the latest TORCH installment at The Rumpus, Nadia Owusu traces the inherited trauma in her family’s history....more
Raised in Texas, I was taught to hold my hand over my heart when the flag was raised, to thank everyone in uniform, and to organize my life in this order; God, Country, Family. Even now, tears spring to my eyes in some sort of Pavlovian response when I hear Lee Greenwood warble, “I’m proud to be an American.” God made America, I was told....more
For Huffington Post’s Highline magazine, Jason Fagone profiles a trauma surgeon working to make a small dent in our country’s problem with gun violence.
At Catapult, Abbey Fenbert writes a funny, heartfelt essay about trying to ban books in the seventh grade....more
At Granta, Deepti Kapoor’s observations on traveling the world draw her closer to home.
At The Rumpus, Kaylie Jones writes on the ripple effect mental illness has on a family grappling with a loved one’s struggles.
Danielle Jackson traces her literary heritage and the guideposts who helped her along the way for Lit Hub....more
For Lidia Yuknavitch, the personal is unavoidably political in this piece for Electric Literature.
At Catapult, David Frey writes with moving realness on what it is like to watch a parent age and transition into assisted living.
Jenessa Abrams looks at the nuances of mental illness and the damage of a word like “crazy” here at The Rumpus....more
Minda Honey writes at Longreads on traveling to detox from whiteness and discovering there is nearly nowhere to escape.
Good news, New Yorkers: apparently noise can be good for creativity. Susie Neilson looks at the good and the bad of noise pollution for Nautilus....more
For Electric Literature, Christine Vines ably dissects the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and finds it wanting, with the notable conclusion that “We still have a problem with the word ‘crazy’ and this show, despite its feminist packaging, is doing nothing to alleviate it.”
Rumpus Advisory Board member Melissa Febos offers essential advice to writers on how to handle the demands on your time over at Catapult....more
The 2017 Whiting Award winners were announced today. The award gives ten emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry a significant cash infusion ($50,000). Previous award winners include Jeffrey Eugenides, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, Mary Karr, and Elif Batuman....more
For Guernica, Carmen Maria Machado writes about cultural myths around large women and fighting to take up space with her body and her mind.
Woe be to those who buy the Peggy couch. Anna Hezel pens a hilarious “buyer beware” at The Awl....more
Through her work with Doctors Without Borders, Caitlin L. Chandler offers us a glimpse of what life is like on the Syrian border for Guernica.
For Real Life magazine, Christopher Schaberg examines the symbolism of airports as “fraught borderlands” perfect for a protest....more
Last week was horrible and you need a laugh. Read Kate Washington’s imagined revolutionary National Parks meeting at McSweeney’s.
For Longreads, Anjali Enjeti tackles her perceived outsider status, even as a first-generation American-born citizen.
Read Davey Davis’s compelling dissection of the body horror genre here at The Rumpus....more
At Real Life, Emma Healey makes a well-stated case for why Periscope’s Couch Mode may be the escape we all need.
Ijeoma Oluo has written an important essay on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for The Establishment.
In our troubling present reality, we should all fight out of love like Joy Ellison, who shares their experience in Palestine at Story Club Magazine....more
Men will not protect you anymore. At Jezebel, Madeleine Davies advises that “now is a time for fury and force.”
Mark Binelli looks into life on the border town of Nogales for Guernica.
Here at The Rumpus, Matthew Clair writes about how we must do more than simply gaze upon suffering; actions speak louder than images....more
Bookbinding may be a dying art, but at Lit Hub, Dwyer Murphy tells the story of a man who keeps his business going strong on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
For Hazlitt, Suzannah Showler takes a measured look at the prepper community and at the idea of preparation itself....more
Patrick Madden teaches writing at Brigham Young University and is the author of the essay collection Quotidiana. His essays frequently appear in literary magazines and have been featured in The Best Creative Nonfiction and The Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies....more
At Lit Hub, Jonathan Reiber, a former speechwriter for the Obama administration, weighs our souls and our words during this political transition.
Chivas Sandage writes for The Rumpus about helping the men in our lives to fully understand the constant state of vigilance women live in....more
At The California Sunday Magazine, Brooke Jarvis has a devastating piece about missing persons and family members lost over the border.
For VIDA, Jean Ho shares her discouraging experience at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
And here at The Rumpus, Chellis Ying writes about rock climbing in China, which turned out to be an opportunity for both thrills and connection....more
For the office drones struggling to come back after the four-day weekend, take heart in James Livingston’s essay for Aeon considering whether work is necessary in our present age.
Here at The Rumpus, Helen Betya Rubinstein expresses a sense of dislocation that’s familial and personal in the face of our newly reinforced election-cycle gender binary....more