This Week in Essays


“Primero las lágrimas y después el coraje.” At Lit Hub, Oscar Villalon writes a fortifying response of sadness and courage following the massacre in El Paso.

At TIME magazine, Tayari Jones pens her tribute to the incomparable Toni Morrison.

“The purpose of this system was to weed out people who couldn’t absorb punishment. And I couldn’t.” For Eater, Samuel Ashworth enters the bruising world of the French kitchen.

Here at The Rumpus, Diana Odasso finds nothing to salvage in a marriage built on deception.

“We Americans have become multiple nations in taste.” For The Point, Agnes Callard writes on ethics and aesthetics and whether (objective) bad taste should be grounds for moral revulsion.

Pacific Standard is shuttering, so read their latest by Francie Diep on crisis pregnancy centers and those who use them—and spare some time to read more of the publication’s fantastic output while you still can.

Back at The Rumpus, Rosa Boshier examines the films of Pedro Almodóvar and the troubling way that men who purport to create sympathetic art about women are still filtering that art through a problematic lens.


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