This Week in Essays


Rafael Luévano looks at Mexican death culture in light of COVID-19, over at LARB.

At Places Journal, Bryan E. Norwood looks at the history of plantations, prison labor, and industrialization along Louisiana’s Mississippi River.

Here at The Rumpus, Jonathan Morrow can’t get comfortable with being queer when he has to second guess everything all the time.

For Catapult, Shruti Swamy finds comfort in neighbors that quietly and easily look out for each other during the pandemic.

At The Walrus, Amanda Scriver finds freedom in the loose attention to beauty standards during pandemic isolation.

Back at The Rumpus, Sara Heise Graybeal patches together a family during hard times.


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