This Week in Essays


Zoe Dubno writes for The Outline on an unexpected meet-cute on ChatRoulette.

“But gays are still gay, and the world is still mostly a straitjacket, and sometimes it just feels so goddamn good to run from all that into a blotted-out world that consists of nothing but pleasure.” Don’t miss Joseph Osmundson’s grand tour of circuit queens, party drugs, PrEP, and learning to live without fear. Also: binary code (just read it), over at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Here at The Rumpus, Amy Bond uses her own past trauma to fuel her desire to help others as a volunteer attorney.

At Smithsonian Magazine, Tony Perrottet takes a tour of Havana on the back of a Harley with Che Guevara’s son.

At Nowhere, Josh Nadeau treks to Tbilisi and makes an unexpected friend.

At Guernica, Mary Heglar writes on memories of waiting out Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi.

Back at The Rumpus, Ella deCastro Baron writes on eczema, glossolalia, and Filipino demons.


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