This Week in Essays


At Catapult, Toni Jensen writes a mesmerizing narrative of documenting assault and human trafficking intermixed with her experiences at Standing Rock and facing threats of violence.

At Hazlitt, Aparita Bhandari examines goddess figures and the ways that within current belief systems such figures can be both problematic and reassuring.

And here at The Rumpus, Summer Steele parses the conflict of sending loved ones off to war and the troubling nature of identifying and fighting a perceived enemy.

For the Iowa Review, Robin Hemley gets a firsthand look at the fascinating history of the Falklands.

For Entropy, Andrea Lambert shares a relatable story about family and grief.

Back at The Rumpus, David Sellers writes on coming to terms with his own sexual orientation after the death of Matthew Shepard.


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