This Week in Essays


Here at The Rumpus, this essay by Liz Latty on challenging the fairy tale myth of adoption is receiving a tremendous response from readers.

Malloy Owen has written a mind-opening essay for The Point providing a valuable perspective that challenges liberals to reexamine liberalism.

Many essays on the election results have expressed complete shock. Maurice Carlos Ruffin writes from a different understanding at Lit Hub.

Also at Lit Hub, Veronica Hackethal endeavors to trace the path of the real Native American woman behind the classic children’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Musician Lara Downes shares her moving experience with the Rumpus from the day after the election.

At the Guardian, Dave Eggers also shares his experience of post-election travel and searching for understanding.

And Greg Marshall writes for Electric Literature about his experience pursuing his theater dreams while being both hindered and undeterred by cerebral palsy.

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