This Week in Essays


At Nowhere, Alia Volz takes a long-shot journey to Cuba to tie up loose ends.

For Guernica, Katherina Grace Thomas writes about that time Nina Simone loved and left paradise.

Here at The Rumpus, Alaina Leary considers the painful work of accounting for family possessions under dire circumstances.

Patricia Park writes for Electric Literature’s The Bodega Project on her childhood Korean grocery store in Flushing, New York.

Diana Whitney tells a terrifying story at Longreads of her time in Pakistan with her father who may or may not have been a spy.

Back at The Rumpus, Hira Bluestone writes on her time growing up on a commune in central Oregon.

For the Atlantic, Vann R. Newkirk II discusses Juneteenth and its fitting spirit of sorrow and jubilation as a celebration of belated liberation.


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