This Week in Essays


Akin Olla looks at what people connect with in Squid Game for Dissent magazine.

At The Atlantic, Kim Ghattas examines what it feels like to taste and then lose freedom in Beirut, Hong Kong, and Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, at The Rumpus, Sandra Shattuck wrestles with alcoholism and suicidal ideation.

Katya Cengel looks at the worldwide popularity of Al Capone memorabilia for Smithsonian magazine.

At Electric Literature, Akwaeke Emezi writes on their experience of Hurricane Ida.

Over at Real Life, Lauren Collee examines the intimacy of voice and how technology is influencing our sense of identity.

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