It has been an amazing few months in essay. All of these transported me to a questioning place, guided me through an emotional minefield or somehow blew me a kiss. Please leave your recent favorite essays in the comments.
Nina Simone's Gun by Saeed Jones at LAMBDA Literary
"She went into the garage. When her husband, Andy, came home a few hours
later, he found her sitting on the floor with a mess of tools spread out
in front of her. Nina Simone was trying to build a hand-made gun."
What Music? by Brian Allen Carr at The Rumpus
"He had been out drinking with strangers—at least, that’s what the
detective told us. The last words we know he said were, “Good night, new
New Romance: A Practicum for the Living by Nadine Friedman at The Hairpin
"And because subconsciously I didn't want to love anyone, ever, I asked
my new boyfriend to come, presenting it somewhat like a day trip to an
Go, Go, Go, Go, Go: Theo Ellsworth's The Understanding Monster by Martyn Pedler at Bookslut. "Time is the only thing that'll help? Then why are clocks ticking and
suns setting and seasons changing with an almost sarcastic speed and
everything feels worse and worse?"
The Uneasy Relationship Between Mental Illness and Comedy by Jaime Lutz at Splitsider
"Plenty of vulnerable people are drawn to, say, Scientology; why wouldn’t
some of them instead be drawn to the equally expensive cult that is the
Upright Citizens Brigade?"