This Week in Essays


For the Paris Review, Sabrina Orah Mark writes on the elusive nature of hope.

Here at The Rumpus, Mo Daviau deals with love and money in the pandemic.

“In Berlin, he sweat and sweat like a hairy sweating man. He was proud of his sweat. ‘Look at this sweat,’ he said at the dinner table, happily sweating.” For Guernica, Lynette D’Amico writes on learning she has her own adjustments to make following her husband’s transition.

At The Believer, Kate Shannon Jenkins tries to protect her garden—and her sense of community-mindedness, too.

Over at Longreads, Heather Lanier argues against the cheerfulness expected from parents of children with disabilities.

At Hippocampus Magazine, Lish Troha tries to fill in the blanks following her father’s overdose.


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