This Week in Essays


At Real LifeEmma Healey makes a well-stated case for why Periscope’s Couch Mode may be the escape we all need.

Ijeoma Oluo has written an important essay on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for The Establishment.

In our troubling present reality, we should all fight out of love like Joy Ellison, who shares their experience in Palestine at Story Club Magazine.

Here at The Rumpus, Janet Pocorobba writes about trying to unpack the artifice of a mesmerizing yet inadequate actress.

Lamya H writes for The Offing on her experience in unlearning colorism, a bias that values light skin throughout the postcolonial world.

Also at The Rumpus, Sarah Henry reflects on the unseen hurts that can’t be easily spoken to strangers.


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