This Week in Essays


“Have you ever bitten into something that tastes like love?” At Ecotone, Destiny O. Birdsong writes on food, healing, care, and love, both during and before the pandemic.

For The New Inquiry, Eliza Levinson reflects on a Berlin that is fiercely fighting gentrification, for now.

At The Literary Review, J. Robert Lennon observes the goings-on of his neighborhood, his house, and his family.

Here at The Rumpus, Janna Coleman writes on hunting with a father who left her.

For Outside, Brendan Leonard writes on rafting down the Grand Canyon for the first time.

Back at The Rumpus, Clara Trippe writes on bodies, disordered eating, mythology, and art.

At Lit Hub, Emily Owens feels discord with white liberal neighbors during a time that needs more than signs and slogans.


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