Posts Tagged: essays
Alexandra Wuest tackles grief, art, and the insights solitude can offer over at Fanzine.
For Real Life, Eleanor Penny asks the big questions about and considers the implications of the creation of an artificial womb.
Here at The Rumpus, Zoe Fisher recalls finding a radical sanctuary in her local library as a teenager....more
In a stunning bit of reportage at Guernica, Lacy M. Johnson looks at the costs of laying nuclear waste to rest, and at the impact doing so has had on one particular St. Louis suburb.
For Nowhere, Hillary Kaylor finds there’s little she can do to help the kids who spend their days scavenging a dump in Cambodia....more
“There may be freedom in America but it is not for me.” At Catapult, Kenechi Uzor reminds us that not every immigrant story is an uncomplicated, happy one.
Mallika Rao writes for the Atlantic on the the beloved web series Brown Girls, its coming leap to HBO, and the promise of more complex narratives for people of color....more
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