This Week in Essays


For Smithsonian, Christy Clark-Pujara and Anna-Lisa Cox recount incidents of terrorism of Black communities in the supposedly free and safe Northern states before and during the Civil War.

At Guernica, Hillery Stone seeks safety in the woods but fear finds her regardless.

Pamela Manché Pearce becomes immersed in life on the island of Crete, over at Nowhere.

At Lit Hub, Heather O’Neill looks back on her different selves through the years.

At MAKE magazine, Caroline Macon Fleischer builds herself a quarantine garden and, despite expectations of failure, watches it grow.


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