This Week in Essays


“The acoustics of silence over the slaughter of Palestinians relies on the melody of dehumanisation.” At Meanjin, Randa Abdel-Fattah embarks on an oral history project and comes up against hard truths about Palestine’s attempt to have a voice.

Madhushree Ghosh weaves together reflections on the current COVID crisis in India with memories of her own father’s cremation, for Longreads.

Here at The Rumpus, Andrea Jarrell discovers that behind her sometimes-volatile relationship with her mother is a very important connection.

Norea Hoeft struggles to be Filipina enough, over at Entropy.

For The Offing, Ranbir Sidhu navigates racist treatment in England, a wedge in a brotherly bond, and the malleability of memory.

At Electric Literature, Freda Epum tries her best to connect with her Nigerian heritage.


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