This Week in Essays


With lyrical acuity, Harmony Holiday puts an ear to the resonance of a legacy of black voices over at Lit Hub.

There is nothing funny about the callous treatment of human beings at our borders. At the Washington Post, Alexandra Petri puts down the jokes and writes about the ugliness of willful denial.

Heather Radke reflects on fly fishing, family, and gendered expectations at Longreads.

“Almost is different than wondering if something had occurred—an event you cannot remember and can only sense, as it lingers, haunts, gathers you in its sights.” H.E. Fisher is unlocking lost doors here at The Rumpus.

At The Millions, Kirstin Butler shares how a less-than-cheery book can be surprisingly soothing to the depressed mind.

At The Offing, Dur e Aziz Amna experiences the falsities and hopes of an American life.

Maliha Balala finds that Ramadhan offers much-needed peace and escape, back at The Rumpus.


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