This Week in Essays


At n+1, Jeremiah Moss considers the joys, terrors, and resurgent rats of New York City.

For Pidgeonholes, Julia Edith Rios writes about the particular weight of a nickname as it relates to body image and maternal heritage.

Here at The Rumpus, Robin Jennings explores the difficulty in feeling at home after institutionalization through the lens of her favorite film, Girl, Interrupted.

For Jellyfish Review, Omar Hussain reflects on a lifetime of slights, microaggressions, and having his identity dictated by others.

At the Paris Review, Aisha Sabatini Sloan writes about systemic negligence toward Black women and the care work of doulas.

Manos Tsakiris investigates the intertwining of emotions and the body politic at Aeon.


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