This Week in Essays


For The Atlantic, Jorge Felipe-Gonzalez writes on Cuba and a new generation striving for political change.

Chris Dennis contemplates the carceral state, mechanisms of power and control, and Ghislaine Maxwell over at Granta.

Here at The Rumpus, Wendie Yeung thinks about her connection to her grandfather and to her heritage.

Samuel Holleran recounts the history of outdoor advertising and considers the present-day visual attention economy over at Places Journal.

For Entropy, Karin Jones shares her experience of working with an egg donor to conceive a child.

At Outside, Julia Rosen writes on how the landscape, and our favorite places, will be altered by climate change.


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