This Week in Essays


For The Rumpus, Ali Black considers what it takes to feel safe in a community where black bodies are always in danger.

“We need to use our knowledge, to apply to disaster preparations an understanding of science and fact; we need to develop real and actionable survivalism so that regular people can be as useful as possible in catastrophic situations.” At Harper’s, Lauren Groff attends prepper camp and envisions greater goals for those wary of an uncertain future.

For Guernica, Maya Doig-Acuña sees the unrest in Chile as the perfect opportunity to address the racism that has been sown into national identity.

“Most of basketball is spent not playing. Most of writing is spent not writing. Most of everything is nothing and yet we’re all still here until we’re not.” For The Rumpus, Chris Ames explores his relationship with his father through sickness and basketball.

Sarah DiGregorio finds deep comfort in mirroring her mother’s life, over at Catapult.

“Death, I learned, comes not once but many times: a long series of vanishings, some violent, some unnoticed. A person doesn’t disappear from the world as much as dissolve into it, like a chalky tablet dropped into water.” At LARB, Sasha Graybosch loses her mother but refuses to lose her stuff.


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