This Week in Essays


At Guernica, Simona Blat sets out to see if anything could possibly be good luck in 2020, the year of the rat.

For The Point magazine, Agnes Callard reflects on how creating special rules for geniuses is a means to both honor and isolate such individuals.

Here at The Rumpus, Lisa Bubert writes on the struggles of one rural hospital and the community it serves.

At Aeon, Frédérique de Vignemont and Colin Klein look at our biological sense of danger when regarding our periphery—and what that means during an infectious pandemic.

For Atticus Review, Sophie Newman calls up the generation-spanning joys of Tom Petty.


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