This Week in Essays


“The other swimmers in the locker room wore designer brands, straightened their hair, put on makeup. I composed outfits entirely out of different shades of orange.” At Electric Literature, Amelia Possanza talks athletics and queerness.

For Longreads, Michele Filgate navigates abuse and denial, throwing her box of secrets wide open.

“I knew glasses and vases could break, even toys. But I didn’t know mothers could.” Here at The Rumpus, Lauren LeFranc shares a terrifying story of the Medeas in our midst.

Over at The Critical Flame, Jimmy Newborg tells an aching tale of love and death.

At Lenny, Whiting Award winner Kaitlyn Greenidge gains access to a little-known, autonomous society of black women offering support and good deeds.

Back at The Rumpus, Justin Erickson looks at the history of the Weather Channel and argues that we need it now more than ever.

For n + 1, Patrick Blanchfield digests the conversations and actions around mass shootings in the US.


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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 →