This Week in Essays


“I felt like I was this person living in a somewhat niche body—but a body with a cult following—and I was getting shortchanged by my fans.” Natalie Lima learns to use the power of her desirable body wisely at Catapult.

“I am hoping that fasting might thin the membrane between me and a feeling of the divine.” Kaveh Akbar goes all in on Ramadan for the Paris Review.

Here at The Rumpus, Hope Henderson contemplates the space where the body forces you to slow down.

“As I’d come to understand, this was a community not only accustomed to living beside rattlers but excited to do so.” James McWilliams bags some snakes and comes to an appreciation at Outside.

Thomas Swick writes on a whirlwind Polish romance and the price he refused to pay for love at Lit Hub.

“The tongue is the sword of the woman. My burning tongue reminds me I must never let it go rusty.” Mouth filled with pain, Patricia Lawler Kenet refuses to go silent back at The Rumpus.


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