This Week in Essays


For Longreads, Megan Stielstra navigates care work and the work of care that binds us.

“America raised me to believe that time invested will always pay off, no matter who you are.” Despite being inspired by the world of Oz and an imaginative grandfather, CJ Hauser trades in magic for reality at Electric Literature.

For The Rumpus’s ENOUGH series, Natalie Eilbert shares a harrowing account of rape and what it really means to seek justice following an assault.

At Catapult, Kim O’Connell experiences the glories of diaspora at a Vietnamese shopping center.

At the New York Review of Books, Nick Laird foresees a new time of troubles for Northern Ireland and the UK as Brexit comes to fruition.

Doretta Lau looks back on a year of death, near-death, and dabbling in wellness, over at Hazlitt.

Back at The Rumpus, Rebekah Denison Hewitt struggles to breastfeed her first child—and to accept those struggles.


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