This Week in Essays


Claudia Rankine is determined to ask white men direct questions about privilege for the New York Times.

At the Paris Review, CJ Hauser writes movingly on relationships and finding our way into what we need.

Here at The Rumpus, Mariel Murray investigates mortality and deals with unanswered questions.

Jeannine M. Pitas writes about her partner’s declining mental health and how it changed their relationship at The Literary Review.

At Guernica, Helen Benedict does research at a refugee camp in Greece and finds herself becoming a character witness.

“It is not so much that these things are invisible as it is that people are trained to hide them, and society is conditioned to look away from them.” For Catapult, s.e. smith writes on being “disabled enough” and the push and pull of blending in and fighting to be visible.


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