This Week in Essays


In light of the recent Las Vegas shooting at an outdoor music festival, Hanif Abdurraqib grapples with what terrorism attempts to take away from us at Pacific Standard.

“This is how many women practice self-preservation: we vanish.” Jeanann Verlee pulls up the red flags of her literary life for VIDA.

Here at The Rumpus, Chelsey Clammer shares an incredible piece on trying to hold her family together as her husband’s schizophrenia fractures their lives.

Jake Tobin Garrett writes in defense of the self-help genre for Electric Literature.

“These are the people who keep the United States open for business, pleasure, and everything in between, and they are the people of whom this administration is most terrified.” You should be reading Sam Ashworth’s Rumpus column on what it’s like to be in the trenches in Washington, DC.

Don’t miss Rebecca Solnit’s take on why Harvey Weinstein is(n’t) Hillary’s fault over at Lit Hub.


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