This Week in Essays


At The Offing, Kimberly Rooney follows the threads that connect her to the country she was adopted from.

“Video evidence of unjustified shootings of black people is so jarring in part because it exposes the terms of the racial contract so vividly.” At The Atlantic, Adam Serwer shows how the pandemic is laying bare American hypocrisy.

Here at The Rumpus, Daniel Allen Cox writes on leaving the Jehovah’s Witness and the search for a new language to describe his experiences.

Jessica Francis Kane feels a longing to reach out to strangers during this time of isolation, over at Granta.

For Sabrina Orah Mark at the Paris Review, a pandemic feels like a fairy tale filled with meaningless tasks to achieve.

Back at The Rumpus, Mary Mandeville knows intimately the connection between toxic spaces and illness.


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