This Week in Essays


Fei Wo Si Cun writes on what it’s like to be at the front of the tide in Wuhan for Asymptote Journal.

Here at The Rumpus, Robert Julius uses drag to explore identity and liberation.

“The process of learning about this country has been the process of learning that any bliss is a stolen bliss, deluded, perched on the brink of disaster.” At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Emma Rault finds that America as an adopted home is tenuous at best.

As streets empty out, Patrick Nathan looks for what is revealed about our lives for Real Life.

Alex Perry recounts a volcanic eruption in New Zealand over at Outside.

At Catapult, Kristen Martin finds reassurance in mapping the trees of her urban space.


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