This Week in Essays


At Granta, Deepti Kapoor’s observations on traveling the world draw her closer to home.

At The Rumpus, Kaylie Jones writes on the ripple effect mental illness has on a family grappling with a loved one’s struggles.

Danielle Jackson traces her literary heritage and the guideposts who helped her along the way for Lit Hub.

Devin Kelly explores in language what can only be felt through the body at Fanzine.

For Quartz, Nikhil Sonnad researches the history of edits on the Wikipedia page for “happiness” and discovers that “Wikipedia is like a Socratic dialogue on a massive scale.”


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