This Week in Essays


Food waste, e-waste, bodily waste, space junk—at The Walrus, Ziya Tong brings attention to humans’ overwhelmingly trashy habits.

“They would tell me that I don’t understand what it’s like over there, until I fall asleep to the smell of jasmines wafting through the window and wake up to their ashes with the sunrise.” At Guernica, Lubna Safi contemplates poetry in exile and pens an elegy for both Syria and a cousin lost there.

Here at The Rumpus, Katherine D. Morgan finds it’s never too late to have Toni Morrison rock your world.

“The sense that a game of chance asks or answers a private, wordless question, and that luck reveals our moral worth, is central to the magic of many modern things.” On trips to Las Vegas with a cherished grandmother, Shannon Pufahl finds more than gambling and more than luck, over at the Paris Review.

“I was looking for myself. I think I found her.” At Catapult, Jenny Tinghui Zhang writes a final dispatch from her MFA in Wyoming.


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