This Week in Essays


For Electric Literature, Christine Vines ably dissects the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and finds it wanting, with the notable conclusion that “We still have a problem with the word ‘crazy’ and this show, despite its feminist packaging, is doing nothing to alleviate it.”

Rumpus Advisory Board member Melissa Febos offers essential advice to writers on how to handle the demands on your time over at Catapult.

Here at The Rumpus, Melissa Wyse finds solace and inspiration in The Mary Tyler Moore Show as her marriage falls apart and she begins to put her life back together.

Does your Android device make you dream of electric YouTube sleep? Linda Besner examines how technology can help banish insomnia on Real Life magazine.

Also at Catapult, Elan Mastai tells a touching story on stumbling into screenwriting.

Being “triggered” is much more than a hypothetical in Whitney Templeton’s piece for the Rumpus, which explores the real ways that trauma never ever leaves.

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