This Week in Essays


At Catapult, Taylor Harris wishes her child an innocence that the world will not allow after Charlottesville.

For the Virginia Quarterly Review, University of Virginia professor John Edwin Mason processes how his community has become a talking point following the events of August 12.

Lennlee Keep writes for The Rumpus’s Voices on Addiction series on the sounds and artifacts that get left behind in the wake of separation.

For Guernica, Pippa Biddle provides a fascinating window into a far-flung South Dakota community.

Andrew Bockhold reminisces about the ritual of delivering the Sunday paper with his family at Longreads.

For The Rumpus, Caroline Tracey writes on Ana Lily Amirpour’s cinematic explorations of landscape and diaspora.


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