This Week in Essays


There’s a lot of writing to digest in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Here are some highlights:

ICYMI: Roxane Gay’s response to #MeToo in the New York Times.

Emma Cline looks at her encounters in the literary world and in relationships for The Cut.

Lauren McKeon writes on the healing nature of confession for The Walrus.

The funniest writer at the Washington Post, Alexandra Petri, has a dead-serious message for the men of the world.

And stay tuned for our new Rumpus series, ENOUGH. We’ll be sharing writing about rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence from women and non-gender-identifying writers.

Meanwhile, Harmony Hazard finds the truth within the fiction as she considers the divisions between her and a once-close cousin for our TORCH series.

At Electric Literature, Suzanne Enzerink looks at the problematic nature of black art being filtered for white consumption.

“Didn’t he see what I saw: how a person could survive the unthinkable and still be broken by something as soft and uncertain as loneliness?” Back at The Rumpus, Emily Lackey brilliantly relates a relationship to a reality survival show.


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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 →