This Week in Essays


Sunny Pak writes on caregiving, grief, and the things taken by dementia and Covid for Entropy.

At Granta, Bathsheba Demuth digs up whale houses, histories, and migrations.

Emily Nelson writes on who gets forgotten in famous mythologies for The Rumpus.

For Melissent Zumwalt at Full Grown People, it takes losing a childhood home to realize how much was housed there.

Liz Rose Shulman tries to help and understand a girl at Another Chicago Magazine.

Back at The Rumpus, Karine Hack experiences intimate connection in bathing her grandmother.

At The Walrus, Lima Al-Azzeh develops a greater appreciation for her Palestinian heritage in the age of social media.

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