Cover Photo: This illustration shows a variety of people standing with their hands to the sky. They are in black and white, but bright bubbles in different colors float away from them and skyward, as if being released.
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

The Essay as a Form of Giving Up

One way to consider the essay is as a way to capture, study, and release back into the world a question or story that preoccupies you.

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