This Week in Essays


Rachel Kushner reflects on a 2016 trip to Palestine for n+1.

P.L. Watts writes on the foster care system, problematic family, and ghosts at The Smart Set.

August Lamm fights for a life and a livelihood while living with a degenerative spinal condition, here at The Rumpus.

At Catapult, Kimberly Seals Allers saves her children from America by sending them away.

What happens when your grandmother’s dementia keeps you from releasing a past relationship? Ayden LeRoux writes to find out at Entropy.

Samn Stockwell stands witness to stories of deprivation and poverty at the Portland Review.

Paul Haney writes on Bob Dylan and accepting yourself even when family can’t, back at The Rumpus.


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