This Week in Essays


For Longreads, Imran Siddiquee writes about the brown people in The Simpsons town full of yellows and the impact he felt growing up in the real Springfield.

At The Awl, Bryan Washington remembers falling in with wealthy white kids one summer in Houston.

Here at The Rumpus, Willona Sloan explores the complicated and shifting identities assigned to Justin Bieber, and what it shows us about our expectations of pop stars.

At Literal Latté, Maria Terrone writes about Sicilian life both east and west of the Atlantic.

B.N. Harrison offers us a glimpse into the weird world of historical nonfiction e-books back at The Rumpus.


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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 →