This Week in Essays


Anna Machin looks at the science of why friendships are to be treasured over at Aeon.

“Nothing from the past is as glorious as I remember it. If I get close enough, the memories fall apart.” Hanif Abdurraqib writes for the Paris Review on magic sneakers, Michael Jordan, and grief.

Here at The Rumpus, Dena Rod writes on the highs and lows of their access to a network of Iranian dentists.

After the discovery of a mass burial site, Tenille Campbell faces a hard conversation with her child about Canadian residential schools, over at Maclean’s.

Destiny O. Birdsong writes on navigating friendships and knowing when to let go at Catapult.

In an exclusive excerpt at The Rumpus, Myriam Gurba writes about the Babysitter’s Club series and learning the hard lessons of economics.


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