This Week in Essays


At Lit Hub, Benjamin Morris writes on storytelling and the census.

Full Grown People is back with an essay from Jody Mace on the family mysteries that will never be uncovered.

“And who but the parents? If the birds were first, other small things would surely follow, and we are the caretakers of small things.” At The Rumpus, Lindsey Trout Hughes writes on what we can and can’t protect children from.

For Critical Flame, Anne Beatty recounts her grandparents’ time in assisted living.

At the Chicago Reader, Katie Prout uncovers the difficulty of getting mental health care on Medicaid.

From New Jersey to Mumbai, Sonali Gupta tries her best to blend in at Catapult.

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