Cover Photo: An illustration of a person caught in a thicket of blackberry bushes, weeping as they try to extricate themselves and clear it away.
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

In a Time of Mass Mourning, Grief Stories Are a Lifeline

In our constrained culture where public, raw grief is not socially acceptable, I fear that grief stories are being asked to do too much.


TheNew York Times

Guernica The Year of Magical Thinking

The New York Times


Why are we not doing this for our dead? Why are we skulking back into our isolated homes to furtively scroll when we should be screaming together?

s.e. smith is a National Magazine Award-winning Northern California-based writer who has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Bitch Magazine, and numerous other fine publications.