This Week in Essays


When Sandra A. Miller’s sister gets cancer, the family looks to their similar sense of humor as a way to power through in an essay on Literal Latte.

Here at The Rumpus, Leslie Jill Patterson looks at the unprecedented action on death row in Arkansas and the ways we try to reassure ourselves in matters of state-sanctioned murder.

For The Believer, Jeannie Vanasco tries to anchor herself as an unmoving force even as she examines the ways that homes can come off their foundations.

Over at So to Speak, Hannah Rose Neuhauser writes with lyrical beauty on living inside a scarred body that seems medically, and too often politically, out of her control.

S.I. Rosenbaum, at Longreads, evenly examines the various reactions to Alex Tizon’s Atlantic piece (in case you somehow missed “My Family’s Slave”), inserting nuance into the discussion.

Will the new season of The Bachelorette be a black love fairytale? Robin M. Boylorn hopes for the best over at Slate.

Also here at The Rumpus, Lindsay Nelson explores the empty and menacing spaces of the Texas landscape, in film and in real life.


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