This Week in Essays


For Real Life, Gaby Del Valle looks at how financial startups have slotted themselves into the current crisis and how they’ll profit off of it.

At the Lascaux Review, Kelly Flynn could forget about her weight, if other people would just stop talking about it.

Here at The Rumpus, Kat Lewis faces down a lifelong relationship with her sister’s autism.

Lisa Richardson seeks comfort in witchy habits, over at Longreads.

For Outside, Steve Friedman takes a hiking trip with his brother—and his brother’s eternal grumpiness.

At the New York Review of Books, Asad Hussein chases dreams from a Kenyan refugee camp to NYC.


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