This Week in Essays


Rachel Sherman weathers a pandemic and a divorce at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

For Outside, Luna Soley spends a memorable summer on a lobster boat in Maine.

Here at The Rumpus, Janice P. Nimura considers the sartorial influence of her father.

At Hippocampus, Jonathan Winston Jones survives a mugging and tries to make sense of the wounds he’s left him with.

At Nat. Brut, Stacy Parker Le Melle writes a tribute to George Michael.

Gail Hosking writes on the negative impact of deployment on military families for Another Chicago Magazine.

Elliott Yoakum reflects on the life and influence of his grandmother, back at The Rumpus.


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