This Week in Essays


“For me, walking makes space for reflection, much like church or meditation does for others.” Jennifer Tennant writes on the restorative nature of a good walk for The Smart Set.

At Kotaku, Cecilia D’Anastasio navigates the twisted corridors of Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax’s legacy.

Samantha Edmonds contemplates the future of gendered AI and its many unsettling implications here at The Rumpus.

“To redress the epidemic of sexual violations, we need a space for exploration in which survivors can mull over, assess and reassess what happened to them, without fear of undermining their credibility.” For Aeon, Linda Martín Alcoff writes credibly on how demands for consistency harm sexual assault victims.

Sara Davis reflects on an event from her past and considers the way our perception changes with time at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

At Catapult, Michael Wear is enlightened on the inner life of his birth mother upon discovering some letters.

Back at The Rumpus, Anahi Molina writes on shades of whiteness and the pressures of conformity.


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