This Week in Essays


At Guernica, Emily Wortman-Wunder grapples with her interest in archeology and the damage done by digging up what’s been buried.

Grace Hwang Lynch struggles with how to render Taiwanese on the page and finds no perfect solution, over at Catapult.

Here at The Rumpus, Magin LaSov Gregg grieves the loss of her mother while also finding a new freedom to be herself.

David Taylor visits both sides of the US-Mexico border and studies cause and effect for Places Journal.

Jennifer Steil bears the burden of a friend’s tremendous heartache at the New Orleans Review.

Back at The Rumpus, Kat Moore discovers it is her friendships with other women that carry her through on her journey to sobriety.


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