This Week in Essays


For Vox, Alexa Kissinger delights in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ownership of her identity.

At the Sonora Review, Zach Jacobs submerses himself in an archeological dig as he recovers from addiction.

For Longreads, Dur e Aziz Amna writes about her very special ties to a house in her homeland of Pakistan.

Here at The Rumpus, Marissa Korbel writes on Medusa, the absorption of abuse, and the ways women become weapons.

At Entropy, Leah Muncy’s family takes a vacation to Hawaii to try to forget recent deaths.

As pain medication abuse has reached epidemic proportions, Jamieson Webster calls on us to rethink the ways we use drugs to address our problems at the New York Review of Books.

Back at The Rumpus, Stefani Zellmer puts on a uniform and tries out a new life.


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