This Week in Essays


Hannah McGregor knocks the wind out of “bookishness” as an aesthetic and a lifestyle choice over at Electric Literature.

“I don’t know what daughters carry, what you and I carry, from our mothers. So much of the time, I feel I carry only mystery, both my mourning and my missing enfolded by emptiness, distance.” Marcia Aldrich and Jill Talbot write a gorgeous and poignant interwoven essay on their mothers for Longreads.

Here at The Rumpus Hannah Foster writes on automatons and how AI may someday surpass humans—even artistically.

At Public Books, Guy Branum explores how Great Britain works out its feelings on the colonial diaspora, tradition, and propriety on The Great British Baking Show.

“All those male-authored books and my Ouija board and my underwear drawer and my ceiling will burn as I jump off the roof onto another building and now maybe I can write about something that’s mine.” Jacquelyn Gallo navigates Floridian roots and displacement at [PANK] magazine.

Back at The Rumpus, Seo-Young Chu shares a hybrid-genre piece on mental illness, family, and intergenerational trauma.


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