This Week in Essays


For Longreads, Leslie Kendall Dye questions the mind’s formation of reality as she deals with her mother’s dementia.

Here at The Rumpus, Kelly Caldwell shares how being reflected in the literature you consume can be more of an agony than a comfort.

“You may feel it, just a very little of it, the pain of strangers that is not yours but in another way very much is.” For the Atlantic, Megan Garber considers the ugliness of taking a political stance that shuns the concept of empathy.

At Catapult, Ashley Hefnawy reflects on dealing with a bully and the violent confrontations that result.

Back at The Rumpus, Gris Muñoz looks for resurrection, not inhumanity, in our desert borders.


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