This Week in Essays


For Highline, Eve Fairbanks looks at the historic drought in Cape Town, the drying up of privilege, and water as an equalizer.

“With lions around, these men—at least for a moment—understood what it’s like to be prey.” At Guernica, Lauren McCain feels safer tagging lions in Africa than walking Colfax Avenue in Denver.

At Longreads, Janice Gary’s time in the Florida Keys is heavy with portent and death.

Here at The Rumpus, Andrew Kane writes on the ghosts of our past, pot, and the pain of loss.

For the New York Review of Books, Marcia Douglas reminisces on a Jamaican childhood and home as a place that travels.

At Electric Literature, Deena ElGenaidi shares her battle with the exploitive demand from institutions of higher learning to pair diversity with tales of trauma.

Back at The Rumpus, Naomi J. Williams remembers poet J. D. McClatchy and his influence on her own creative process.


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