This Week in Essays


For Lidia Yuknavitch, the personal is unavoidably political in this piece for Electric Literature.

At Catapult, David Frey writes with moving realness on what it is like to watch a parent age and transition into assisted living.

Jenessa Abrams looks at the nuances of mental illness and the damage of a word like “crazy” here at The Rumpus.

For The Smart Set, Jessa Crispin takes a journey into evolutionary fundamentalism and finds that worship of science is not without its religious overtones.

Piper Weiss goes looking for a bit of childhood joy at a waterpark and comes up short over at Hazlitt.

Back at The Rumpus, Andrea Laurion writes on her experience with improv and how she related to the movie Don’t Think Twice.


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