This Week in Essays


Nostalgia means something different when it comes laced with virulent racist tropes, as Beth Nguyen discovers at Catapult.

“The relief is temporary, because rage is a permanent part of my body now, and massage is part of the arsenal of survival tactics I have inherited from a long line of Asian women.” Cynthia Dewi Oka writes on the tradition of massage in her family for The Atlantic.

Adrienne Su writes for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on missing Atlanta and its Asian community.

“Gospel is one of the few places where Black groaning is not only allowed; it’s encouraged. In church, Black people can groan and cry out as long and as loud as we want, and our cries are heard.” Here at The Rumpus, Leah Nicole Whitcomb pins down what makes the gospel tradition so comforting.

For n + 1, Anthony Veasna So writes on losing a friend to suicide, his youth in Stockton, and the band Pavement.

Back at The Rumpus, Shaan Amin finds it difficult to navigate and share his desire for other men.


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