This Week in Essays


Over at The Walrus, Fatima Syed looks to build space in popular culture for depictions of different types of Muslims.

With a sinking feeling, Kristen Arnett looks inside herself and finds nothing but the swamp of Florida’s influence in a reflective essay for Lit Hub.

Alcy Levya launches The Rumpus’s July series, #reclaimingpatriotism2017, with a powerful essay about his duties on the front lines of teaching.

For Aeon, Nick Hughes turns a philosopher’s eye on humanity’s place in the universe and shares an oddly comforting take on our likely insignificance.

Here at The Rumpus, Rebecca Swanson navigates writing about disability while trying to dodge expectations around how to write about disability.


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