This Week in Essays


“You don’t tell her that being a mother is realizing you’ve been mothering yourself all along.” Jade Hilde writes on postpartum depression and the nuances of heritage at Witness.

Lucy Wilde writes on bonsai and widowhood at Atticus Review.

Annalisa Bolin uncovers bones and what happens to the body in death, back at The Rumpus.

At Guernica, Raksha Vasudevan leaves oil-rich Calgary only to meet more oil hunger in northern Kenya.

At The Walrus, Amir Aziz writes on the cactus in captivity.

At The Rumpus, Lee Anderson explores the correlation between trans bodies and eating disorders.

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