This Week in Essays


For The Smart Set, Natasha Burge walks the streets of Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and examines the ways both cities and selves can change through time.

In this latest Multitudes installment for The Rumpus, Christine No writes a stunning piece on family and attempts at healing.

Reporting from the field in Jersey City, New Jersey, Bud Smith provides an amusing slice of life for Barrelhouse.

Zach Mortice writes an important piece on the work of preserving African-American cemeteries over at Places Journal.

For Guernica, Rebecca Hazelwood sifts through her painful family history after her ex-cop father is arrested.

Back on The Rumpus, Jera Brown explores intimacy and its many layers of complexity as she restarts life in a new city.

At 3:AM Magazine, Elise Blackwell tries to gain footing while living with a vertigo-inducing disease.

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