Here’s Some Essays I Like

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Here’s some very short essays that only take a moment to read and that made me feel something. Hopefully they’ll do the same for you. I got a brief excerpt of each one below. Click on the link for the whole essay.

“I was pretty damn sure I was Jesus. This had been a nagging feeling for a while.” — At Brevity, “Diagnosable” by Joshua Wheeler.

““I…uh…need you to come up and get some stuff,” he said to my mother, who was sitting on the couch, Misty Slim Light 120 in hand. “I found a crack pipe. From a long time ago. And I don’t want to touch it.”” — At Hot Metal Bridge, “This is Not a Pipe” by Ashley Bethard.

“He looked at the sky, then at me. He frowned like I was to blame for what he didn’t find there.” At elimae, “Junk” by Michelle Reale.

“Grandpa did good for high-ranking Reds. Black-and-white photographs of him with the Chairman hang where house guests will look. Curio cabinet after cabinet display his shiny, complicated, a bit garish, Cultural Revolutionary Chinese interpretations of bourgeois gifts and décor, fit for a man who did good for high-ranking Reds.” — At Identity Theory, “My Beijing” by Sunny Woan.


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →