This Week in Essays


“And so it’s time for a paradigm shift. We’re not going to become a skinnier country. But we still have a chance to become a healthier one.” Don’t miss Highline’s stupendous piece by Michael Hobbes on the problematic ways we address weight in the US.

At Longreads, Laurie Penny soundly takes out the specious cries for free speech.

Here at The Rumpus, Heather A. McDonald considers the bridges that cannot be crossed and how social media tries to force us to do it anyway.

For Pacific Standard, Lynzy Billing gives us an inside look at the mess of corruption and extrajudicial killing in Manila’s cemetery slums.

Lilliam Rivera writes for Elle on Puerto Rico, the pain and anxiety distance can create, and an uncle caught in Hurricane Maria.

Back at The Rumpus, Marissa Korbel writes on struggling with what the mirror’s reflection shows.

For Wear Your Voice, Linh Cao examines BoJack Horseman, the disappointing ways that entertainment media continues to misrepresent certain voices, and the opportunities for improvement.


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