This Week in Essays


For Places Journal, Timothy A. Schuler looks at the revitalization of grasslands and culture in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

William Fargason meditates on ankylosing spondylitis and the healing properties of deer antlers at The Offing.

“I’m actually glad I told so many people; now that it’s done, I need them.” At The Rumpus, Becky Fine-Firesheets loses an unborn child and finds comfort in ghosts, community, and her young son.

“A body is a record or a body is freedom or a body is a battleground.” For Harper’s, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich navigates different stages of coming into a full genderqueer self.

For Guernica, Ellen Wayland-Smith writes on genetics, classifications, and becoming what we are meant to be.

At Real Life, Jathan Sadowski looks at the sinister nature of “smart” cities.

Back at The Rumpus, June Sylvester Saraceno writes about coming home to cook her husband dinner and finding instead that he’d relapsed.


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