This Week in Essays


For the Passages North blog, Jennifer Maritza McCauley discovers a connection to Rosa Parks and goes to Alabama in search of answers.

Can you go home again to a place you’ve never been? Enuma Okoro writes for Aeon on moving to Nigeria to escape America’s problems.

Here at The Rumpus, D.M. Moehrle explores the ways that women connect through what they make with their hands.

Laurie Penny hopes for divine intervention, or at least Back to the Future-type interference, as she traverses the Inauguration for Pacific Standard.

At Narratively, Michael Estrin shares his family’s history of vacationing in DC while his father worked the presidential inaugurations.

Back at The Rumpus, Lee Matalone looks at the protests against Trump in the context of historically female mass mourning in the latest installment of her R.I.P. column.

After a weekend of unity, let’s not forget our deep divisions. Kara Brown shares her mixed feelings about the Women’s March at Jezebel.


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