Weekend Essay Round-Up

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We published so much good content this weekend, we hope you didn’t miss it. But just in case:

Amber Sparks considers how religion can fuel one’s writing—even when the writer is secular.

Thomas Page McBee gives us another “Self-Made Man,” further exploring what it means to be “a man born of medicine.”

Michelle Dean argues for honest literary criticism that, when positive, isn’t pegged as pandering or nice, and when negative, doesn’t revert to personal attack.

Emily Rapp deconstructs grief through an unlikely trio of cultural examples: Batman, Thomas Cromwell, and The Corporation of Yaddo.

And if that isn’t enough to get you through your day, check out Roxane Gay’s extensive list of writers of color, as well as our interview with the illustrious Mary Chapin Carpenter.


Rebecca Rubenstein is 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. Rebecca is Interviews Editor Emeritus for The Rumpus. More from this author →