This Week in Essays


“Perhaps no man is capable of understanding, truly, what is always on the line when you are a woman.” No one is safe in the blast of #MeToo. At Lit Hub, Amy Butcher takes aim at the men who see themselves as “one of the good ones.”

For the Daily Beast, Joy-Ann Reid takes the long view on history in an encouraging admonishment against those who cling to outdated ideals.

“I look like a cured anorexic, but still, too often, I feel like a failed one.” Emily J. Smith on trying to make her female body and presence invisible, here at The Rumpus.

Over at The Millions, Devin Murphy offers original insight into the ways his life has transformed with the presence of his children.

For Guernica, Susan Harlan tracks down unclaimed goods in Alabama.

Back at The Rumpus, Kevin Chong builds his family narrative through its extraordinary constituent parts.


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