This Week in Essays


Manjushree Thapa digs deep into the roots of her adopted home of Toronto to find what’s redeemable over at The Millions.

For The Root, Panama Jackson shares a heartbreaking story of how the Trump’s election has eroded his relationship with his white mother.

In the latest installment of The Rumpus’s TORCH series, Agri Ismaïl faces interrogation with every border crossing.

On the Ploughshares blog, Daniel Peña considers how it may be easy to get overzealous when playing the thought police.

Jack Read takes a look at the potential for a second space age in a fascinating longread for Places Journal.

Back at The Rumpus, Charlotte Gullick deals with her life being invaded by negative forces—from within and without.

At Longreads, Lindsay Hunter tackles the subjects of food, hunger, body weight, and body image with amazing resonance.


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