This Week in Essays


At Catapult, Christine H. Lee writes on the challenges of hen management—and the similarities in animal and human hierarchies.

For Vanity Fair, Betty Gilpin shares her own frustrations with the cancellation of GLOW.

Rachel Somerstein unexpectedly becomes a hand model for her husband and finds new ways to view herself, here at The Rumpus.

At Guernica, Adrian Van Young observes his young son’s friendship with a neighboring nun.

At Pidgeonholes, Will McMillan recalls a special memory from childhood that offered joy in the face of poverty.

Back at The Rumpus, A. Wiggin finds acceptance with a writing group, instead of with family, after coming out.

Tressie McMillan Cottom writes on the rise of the hustle economy and the inequities baked into it for Dissent.


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