This Week in Essays


Through her work with Doctors Without Borders, Caitlin L. Chandler offers us a glimpse of what life is like on the Syrian border for Guernica.

For Real Life magazine, Christopher Schaberg examines the symbolism of airports as “fraught borderlands” perfect for a protest.

Here at The Rumpus, Katharine Coldiron takes our minds for a spin around the concepts of fixed points in time, film, and the mutability of storytelling.

At the Tin House blog, Bonnie Nadzam speaks out on abuses of power and the frighteningly similar stories so many women have to tell.

For The Offing, Huda Al-Marashi explores how micro-aggressions gather to form a wound that is tapped again and again.

And back at The Rumpus, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan invites us to reconsider our disdain for typos as she shares her experience as a writer with dyslexia.


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Tamara Matthews is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor. Visit or find her on Twitter: @writingtoatee. More from this author →