This Week in Essays


For Slate, Tre Johnson writes on the juxtaposition between black erasure and the prominence of black music.

At Words without Borders, Shanaz Habib looks at the empathy-inducing claims of literature, in particular as it applies to world travel.

“I was a girl who was taught to be small and grew up to want very big things. When I got some of them I didn’t believe my luck. But more than that, I didn’t believe I deserved it, that my work had earned the space.” At [PANK], Nancy Reddy writes on learning to accept success and dream big.

For The Rumpus, Hannah Hindley writes on the particular pain of watching a sibling’s path diverge from one’s own.

At The Believer, Wyatt Williams thoughtfully looks for space for men’s abortion stories.

For Brevity, Joanna Brichetto takes solace in a robin as the world goes to crap.


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