This Week in Essays


At Electric Literature, Marcos Santiago Gonsalez makes a strong argument for why writing programs must reconceive their perception of quality to foster a truly inclusive culture.

For The Rumpus, Rachel Inberg writes about the legacy of abuse she inherited from her grandfather, the creator of peep show machines, and about breaking the cycle.

Scott Atran writes on the pressing issue of how to combat extremism over at Aeon.

Back at The Rumpus, Stacie Evans reclaims time from the problematic use of “Auntie.”

Marlene Adelstein reflects on how Alzheimer’s forces families to reorder relationships for Longreads.

Finally, don’t miss our new series ENOUGH. This week, Rumpus editors speak out about their experiences with harassment and assault.


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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 →