This Week in Essays


Alexandra Wuest tackles grief, art, and the insights solitude can offer over at Fanzine.

For Real Life, Eleanor Penny asks the big questions about and considers the implications of the creation of an artificial womb.

Here at The Rumpus, Zoe Fisher recalls finding a radical sanctuary in her local library as a teenager.

For The Critical Flame, Patti Marxsen draws a parallel between a family vacation in Maine and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.

Back at The Rumpus, Abraham A. Joven closes out our July patriotism project powerfully with a look at the ways that patriotic love can both blind us and help us.

Georgia Cloepfil examines the futility of pursuing professional sports in a world that questions a woman’s place in them over at n+1.


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