This Week in Essays


At Scalawag, Ko Bragg and Virginia Walcott write on how busy work inboxes are that much more annoying amid the ongoing climate crisis.

For Entropy, Alexandra Middleton writes on being witness to a fatal accident on a New York City subway.

Maggie Levantovskaya writes on getting a tattoo to honor her experiences living with lupus, here at The Rumpus.

For The Offing, Victoria Cho writes about the troubling prevalence of suicide in Korea and in the Korean diaspora.

An Uong writes a loving paean to the 99-cent store at Catapult.

Debbie Weingarten tries to nurture what can’t grow in the desert, over at Guernica.

Back at The Rumpus, Ope Adedeji writes on the insidious nature of a trauma response.

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