This Week in Essays


Melissa Hart writes on chickens, mothers, and homophobia for DAME magazine.

At Guernica, Sisonke Msimang writes about the travel-restricted pandemic, fleeing apartheid, Palestine, and the ways we mourn.

“Time had taught me what a recipe book could not, taking me a culinary journey around the world to find my way home again.” Purnima Mani tries and fails and tries again to reconnect with her childhood through Tamil cooking, over at Entropy.

“How can mourning be a private affair when grief does not know how to stay inside?” Lee Price dances her way through grief and uncertainty here at The Rumpus.

At the Portland Review, Alejandro A. Alonso Galva writes on how the batter of hurricanes can’t break Puerto Rico’s spirit.

Kimberly Grey meditates on motherhood, back at The Rumpus.


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