This Week in Essays


For Bustle, Emma Rosenblum writes on the irritations of close quarters during the pandemic.

“All you can think about is how awful men can be: liars and cheaters and emotionally stunted ghouls, taking in the love of a woman and offering nothing in return.” At jmww, Christopher Gonzalez ruminates on being chronically single.

Shreya Vikram looks for that calm plateau beyond pain, here at The Rumpus.

At The Offing, Lori Jakiela shares thoughts related to a breast cancer diagnosis.

Kimon de Greef follows the uptick of raccoons in New York, and the people who trap them, over at Guernica.

“Our imaginative powers can save our species from a plague, but I use them most often to imagine personal perils.” Kate Branca writes on survival, the imagination, and True Detective for The Rumpus.

At Dame, Julia Sklar allows space for numbed emotions following five years of terror.


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