This Week in Essays


For the Guardian, Dina Nayeri explores the troubling expectation that immigrants should replace their identity with gratitude.

At New York magazine, Bahar Gholipour covers the fine points of dredging up personal history when writing memoir.

Looking to round out your knowledge of what exactly has been going on in Syria? Richard Beck‘s thorough article on n + 1 is a good place to start.

Angie Sijun Lou reconstructs her past and merges her identity with family ghosts in her piece for The Rumpus.

With the recent election, it seems America’s worst versions of itself have come to roost. For The Millions, Alcy Leyva examines how our entertainment-fueled obsession may have guided us here.

We may not be surprised that our smart phones work, but it still somehow feels like magic. Linda Besner peers behind the curtain for Real Life magazine.

Back at The Rumpus, Sarah T. considers the context around Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s comments on the transgender experience, finding reason to encourage further education in place of outright dismissal.


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