This Week in Essays


At New Orleans Review, Lisa Nikolidakis writes on drowning and looking for a lifeline.

“Until my mother got sick, I never really wanted to see the fullness of who she was.” For Entropy, Sonya Lea writes on losing her mother and gaining insight.

For The Literary Review, Kelly Luce goes to Iceland.

Here at The Rumpus, Jennifer Case gets pregnant unexpectedly and realizes just how many outside forces affect the decisions women make about their bodies.

At Real Life, Heather White gets sick of a brand’s attempts at unsubscribe capitulation and says goodbye to all that.

Zoe Fenson taps into collective exhaustion for The Week.


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