This Week in Essays


Austin Gilkeson writes at Catapult about holding on to and savoring that which is easily taken for granted as he loses hearing in one ear and waits for the other to go.

For West Magazine, Laine Bruzek describes how living under constant threat potential takes it toll on many women, even when what happens seems small.

Andie Park explores the complexities of acquiring both a language and culture and conveys the strangeness of shifting between two worlds for The Stories.

Here at The Rumpus, Greg Wrenn imagines a spirit animal for himself but has to abandon it as he explores his sexuality and who he wants to be.

Elle Nash shares a bruising story of miscarriage, misplaced hopes, and the unnecessary isolation of private pain at Fanzine.


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