This Week in Essays


For The New Inquiry, Nehal El-Hadi questions whether we will ever see technology that opens up the preservation of black life rather than simply documenting black death.

Mina Hamedi chases the Northern Lights over at Arcturus.

Here at the Rumpus, Celeste Mohammed explores her conflicted feelings toward a white artist painting black Caribbean farmers.

For Flyway, Nathaniel Brody shatters rock and feels the earth move.

Alcy Leyva takes delight in the possibilities of the open-world environment of the new Zelda game at Entropy.

And back at The Rumpus, Melissa Wiley finds her essence while immersed in water.


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