This Week in Essays


Right here is a body that you killed, and I want to know what you’re going to do about it.” At The Rumpus, Tom McAllister plans for the eventuality of being caught in a mass shooting.

Who is taking care of the activists caring for our communities? Ben Austen examines the life and efforts of Chicago activist Jedidiah Brown for Highline.

At Longreads, Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg finds connection, if not a piece of home, while teaching English in Laos.

Back at The Rumpus, Sarah T. is prepared to look unflinchingly at the images and perceptions circling our nation’s racial abyss.

For Contrary magazine, Jennifer Cayer expertly weaves together herbal medicine, the art of Ana Mendieta, and the brutal vice grip of New York landlords.

“Hurricanes, briefly, unite, even as they sunder water and earth; our old arguments die off, under our terror that someone has died.” Hurricane Maria leaves worry and love in its wake for Gabrielle Bellot over at Lit Hub.


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