This Week in Essays


Molly Crabapple writes for the New York Review of Books on volunteering with an organization that assists individuals facing deportation.

“I met her dear friends Lisa, Becky, and Tracy, all of whom were elephants.” In a wild tale for CNN, Thomas Lake investigates a circus performer’s claim to information on James Brown’s potential murder.

In a tense essay for The Rumpus, torrin a. greathouse writes about guns, and threats of gun violence.

At Entropy, Clare Boerigter faces a frustratingly difficult fight for relief from pelvic floor dysfunction.

At the Paris Review, Chigozie Obioma faces racism rather than the cultural exchange he came for while studying in North Cyprus.

“In a country where Palestinians are so misrepresented, such authentic self-representation is a gift.” At The Rumpus, Susan Muaddi Darraj writes about rallying social media support for Rashida Tlaib through the gathering of warming images of Palestinian American pride.


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