This Week in Essays


“Eating was fully permitted now that I was doing it for someone else. I had never eaten like this, like I ate for you.” At the Atlantic, Leslie Jamison writes on the mindwarp of going from eating disorder to eating pregnant.

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Charles Dunst reports on the forgotten Montagnards who aided US troops in Vietnam.

Here at The Rumpus, Logan February uses the music of Fever Ray to navigate longing and desire.

At Longreads, Maija Liuhto writes on the man who started his career as a voice on Taliban radio but is now an advocate opposing propaganda.

Over at JSTOR Daily, Farah Mohammed looks at how the more machines learn about us, the more they develop the ability to be creative.


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