This Week in Essays


Bianca Bosker takes a fascinating deep dive into extinction theory and what really happened to the dinosaurs at the Atlantic.

Adam Petry does the tricky work of tracking the cuckoo through forgotten spaces at Nautilus.

Here at The Rumpus, Grace Randolph negotiates her rights in the face of those who would try to nullify her identity.

At The New Inquiry, Marcos Santiago Gonsalez contemplates the impact of Angels in America as an AIDS narrative.

For Lit Hub, Aysegül Savas collects stories from her family, a Russian professor, and a brood of academics.

Back at The Rumpus, Giancarlo Valentine finds that sometimes you just can’t vogue your way back to former glory.


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