This Week in Essays


At Bleacher Report, Rembert Browne takes a deep dive into the social justice implications of where things stand with Colin Kaepernick.

“I did not feel more female. I felt mortal.” For Avidly, Jenni Quilter relates to the Aliens franchise and goes into intricate detail on the transformations of her body during pregnancy and birthing.

Here at The Rumpus, Olia Toporovsky Gomez-Delgado shares a touching story of leaving her homeland and a friendship in the latest installment of TORCH.

At Electric Literature, Tajja Isen cuts straight to the heart of the problematic nature of a literary canon heavily populated by white people as she struggles to find a voice in her own writing.

Let Pam Houston’s tale for Outside magazine on owning and living on a 120-acre ranch in Colorado be your escapist read of the day.

Back at The Rumpus, Steph Auteri writes about the painful loss of an uncle, through both disappearance and death.


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