This Week in Essays



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.

On Medium, Abbie VanSickle takes a thoughtful, personal look at the changing face of small-town life.

At Hazlitt, Sasha Chapin shares his thoughts on David Foster Wallace, depression, and trying to match genius.

Alisha Acquaye writes about the deeply meaningful way we connect with loved ones through food over at Catapult.

Back here at The Rumpus, Elissa Altman writes about ownership of our stories and the way sharing stories can affect those involved.

On Longreads, Veronique Greenwood looks at the growing trend of genealogy tourism.


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