This Week in Essays


Maurice Carlos Ruffin writes on the resilience of New Orleanians for TIME.

“He is, quite simply, a middle-aged man who once touched the hem of musical brilliance with nothing left to give.” Tirhakah Love writes for the Daily Beast on the emptiness of Kanye’s latest album.

Here at The Rumpus, Andrea Bianchi explores the complicated choreography of abuse in a new installment of the ENOUGH series.

At Electric Literature, Elizabeth Hall writes about the decline of lesbian bars as needs shift.

“Anyone who is from here will tell you: every hurricane that hits, for the ones it fucks up, is the worst one ever.” Lauren Stroh considers negligence and the aftermath of hurricanes for n+1.

Joelle Fraser writes on joint custody and loose dogs, over at Atticus Review.


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