This Week in Essays


Sara Reinis writes on the weird ways we mourn on social media at Real Life.

At Words Without Borders, Anandi Mishra shares a love of Hindi cinema with her mother.

For The Rumpus, Tshego Letsoalo grows up and apart from a white friend in South Africa.

At Longreads, Shoshana Akabas examines the difficulty foreign-trained doctors have getting licensed in the US.

Elaine Meyer interrogates the special difficulties of being a teen girl during the time of social media over at Dame.

Back at The Rumpus, Taneum Bambrick contemplates what we expose to the light from the murky sludge of both wetlands and memory.

At Guernica, Kayle Rae Whitaker shares her time working under good ol’ boy politicians in Kentucky.

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