This Week in Essays


For Brevity, Allison K. Williams writes on the ways well-tended mental health and creative genius can coexist.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee writes on the clash of politics and art during these heated times at Longreads.

Here at The Rumpus, Alisa Rivera shares her experience with Junot Díaz for our ENOUGH series.

“North Korea has been both a reflection of who we, Americans, don’t want to be, and a mirror for who we actually are.” For Guernica, Nancy Jooyoun Kim looks at losses—personal, cultural, and political.

A widowed Susan Bloch explores Namibia and uncovers skeletons over at Entropy.

Back at The Rumpus, Ronit Feinglass Plank writes about losing her mother to the guru Bhagwan.


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