This Week in Essays


Henry Zhang explores the riches of traditional Chinese medicine and family legacies left behind at Triple Canopy.

“We spent a lot of our time trying to keep things out. I know now they come in anyway.” Here at The Rumpus, Cassie Mannes Murray wades through a relationship with a recovering addict and considers the possibility of motherhood.

A.A. Dowd addresses the larger story Stephen King’s It has to tell about trauma and the way it resurfaces, over at the AV Club.

For Hazlitt, Elizabeth Rosen writes about her work as an EMT on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, administering naloxone for overdose after overdose.

Back at The Rumpus, Sharon K. Sobotta writes on the tug and pull of working for causes you care about versus working for money, and how children can so easily see the examples we set for them.

At Hippocampus, Kandi Maxwell witnesses the effects of wildfire loss on her family.

H. Melt writes on what it takes to make home a true sanctuary—and the particular urgency of this need for trans people—at Apartment Therapy.


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