This Week in Essays


At the Paris Review, Danez Smith dissects the loving warmth behind the word “bitch.”

For Nowhere, Blaire Briody looks at the oil boom and the changes wrought on one North Dakota town.

Nicole Dennis-Benn writes on loving from afar in the immigrant economy here at The Rumpus.

At The New Inquiry, Raquel Salas Rivera and Carina del Valle Schorske share an epistolary dialogue on poetry and Puerto Rico.

Caleb Coy recalls a time of technology opening up new worlds that a parent tries to rein in at Hippocampus Magazine.

Back at The Rumpus, Lauren Marker traces guilt and repeated dependencies in relationships with addicts.


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