This Week in Essays


Danyl McLauchlan reflects on Buddhism and the connection between consciousness, anxiety, and depression at Granta.

For Guernica, Gillian Esquivia-Cohen writes on how dignity and final rest for the dead is hard to come by in a conflicted Colombia.

Wendy Elizabeth Wallace grapples with changes wrought by a degenerative eye disease, here at The Rumpus.

Aiden Baker writes on tomatoes and depression for Sonora Review.

Bonnie Costello explores Chile and the echoes of Darwin at Nowhere.

On his blog at Medium, Rick Bayless gives an inside look at adapting his restaurant empire through pandemic, riot, and an uncertain future.

“Coming out can give the illusion of intimacy. You’re sharing something personal, but doesn’t it just reveal how much you don’t know someone?” Back at The Rumpus, Shoshana Raphael discovers that when your father is a therapist, intimacy and openness are sometimes unavoidable.


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