This Week in Essays


Melissa Bowers recounts a marriage that almost was and the pain that comes with it at New Ohio Review.

Over at Places Journal, Rashad Shabazz gives a look at the musical history of a Minneapolis that could foster a phenomenon like Prince.

Alina Stefanescu writes on the immutability of monuments here at The Rumpus.

At Entropy, Jeanette Tran considers what there is to learn about marriage, immigration, and Vietnam from a larger-than-life grandmother.

For Hazlitt, Matthew Bremner covers a man’s decades-long quest to build a cathedral with his own two hands.

At The Rumpus, Lara Vergnaud deals with a frustrating illness and an even more frustrating medical response.

Kristin Collier writes on the hopelessness of student loan debt and a mother’s fraudulent acts for Longreads.

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