This Week in Essays


At Witness, Sean Enfield writes about his parents’ mixed marriage and living in a diseased country.

Whitney Vale unpacks a horrific sexual assault and different ways to frame the telling of it at The Rumpus.

Jenny Qi writes on the terrible ineffectiveness of the obituary and gives a revised, loving tribute to her mother at LitHub.

At Places Journal, Sara Jensen Carr explores the history of water stewardship in Honolulu.

Back at The Rumpus, Danielle Cadena Deulen and Shara Lessley write on their fathers, their friendship, Rilke, and the changing of seasons.

Sandra Newman writes on how everything is haunted at Catapult.

For Guernica, Kirtan Nautiyal searches for a place among Civil War reenactment buffs.


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