This Week in Essays


“Here is the thing about getting older, about being halfway through a life span: half of me belongs to things that no longer exist.” At the Paris Review, Nancy Wayson Dinan grapples with how proximity to trauma haunts the present.

For Jezebel, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela takes a fascinating look at home exercise trends through the decades.

Here at The Rumpus, Tahirah Alexander Green muses on misgendering and catcalls.

For n+1, Emily Gogolak writes about taking an eerie Covid-era road trip.

“A society cannot churn out dead tragic heroes forever; it should take responsibility for those who have already died and those who are still living.” For Words without Borders, Guo Jing writes on a reeling and tentatively recovering Wuhan.

Ona Woods writes about the unique difficulty of transitioning under lockdown, over at Entropy.


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