This Week in Essays


Last week was horrible and you need a laugh. Read Kate Washington’s imagined revolutionary National Parks meeting at McSweeney’s.

For Longreads, Anjali Enjeti tackles her perceived outsider status, even as a first-generation American-born citizen.

Read Davey Davis’s compelling dissection of the body horror genre here at The Rumpus.

At Lit Hub, Mariah Stovall shares her experience of falling in and out of obsession with music and how it has influenced her writing.

Iranian-born Mehrsa Baradaran powerfully reminds us of the importance of taking a chance on immigrants for Slate.

And back at The Rumpus, Rashaad Thomas shares his thoughts on being a Black artist in today’s America in the most recent installment of “Multitudes.”


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