This Week in Essays


“But while one side bubbled with signs of vitality… the other hunkered down in its bunker, so frothy and fearful of its neighbors that it ended up voting for the criminal and the dead.” There’s been a lot of post-election analysis—Lili Loofbourow’s on Slate is a good one.

“Much-loved Larry placed himself in a position of authority in the least-monitored space full of children and proceeded to become the most successful pedophile in sports history.” Kerry Howley unpacks the how and why of Larry Nassar for The Cut.

Here at The Rumpus, Joe Milan Jr. writes on North Korea, South Korea, and a tree that had to go.

For The Bitter Southerner, Ellen Ann Fentress considers the ways white Southern women find shelter in patriarchy and the continued struggle to get black women into higher office.

At Electric Literature, Prince Shakur examines the welcome shift in the entertainment landscape to present sympathetic stories of gay, black men.

“Nothing says puny more effectively than lying alone in a cold room, your breast scribbled on, tattooed, and exposed—being zapped with death rays.” Back at The Rumpus, Katherine Min angles for control of her cancer narrative.

“If education is the key to acceptance and tolerance, then we need to restructure the framework through which we educate.” At 3:AM magazine, Elliot Ramsey imagines a school setting where queer history and stories are honored and taught.


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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 →