This Week in Essays


At The Atlantic, Jeffrey E. Stern tells the bracing story of an Oregon town that fought off wildfire.

Jessica Watson writes for The Missouri Review on training to become a nurse.

At Catapult, Pooja Makhijani finds permission to discuss divorce thanks to the stories of Beverly Cleary.

For The Rumpus, Karine Hack writes on navigating the waters of sexual discovery and sexual assault.

For n + 1, Suzanne Schneider writes on private military involvement in Afghanistan.


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