This Week in Essays


“The empathy model of art can bleed too easily into the relishing of suffering by those who are safe from it.” Namwali Serpell writes on the problems with empathy for the New York Review of Books.

Three men enter the wilderness, two leave. Patrick Burke tells the harrowing tale of a fishing trip in Alaska gone wrong for Outside.

At LiisBeth, Emma Elobeid considers the implications of producing written content for male entrepreneurs.

“We’re restless for the next big story and fatigued of it already when it arrives. Sleepless and enraged, we pace through our days under the choleric guidance of a president whose only two emotions seem to be smugness and wrath.” Talia Lavin breaks down our national breakdown for The New Republic.

Here at The Rumpus, Alex Behr juggles a divorce, a teen baby, and a cross-country affair.


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