This Week in Essays


“The waste we create, and the plastic we consume, will consume us if we do not make sweeping changes.” Sarah J. Booher writes for Nowhere magazine on the terrifying state of human wastefulness.

At Catapult, Rachel Dickinson beautifully interweaves her time in the Falklands with the triggers of grief following her son’s suicide.

For Real Life’s fascinating Guided Tours series, Melissa Powers writes on how Google Street View can blur but cannot undo violent acts by merely taking away our ability to witness.

“I worry that these previous versions of myself are still alive in the minds of the people I’ve known.” Here at The Rumpus, Tiffany Marie Tucker reflects on her malleable younger self and the ways our identity gets fixed in the minds of others.

For n+1, David Klion takes us inside the tangled web of Middle East money and the various interests backed and influenced by that cash.

“If a woman of color declares herself a bad mother, there’s a very real risk that the state might just believe her.” At Electric Literature, Nancy Reddy honors the current glut of honest motherhood memoirs but also notices who gets to tell their honest stories.

Back at The Rumpus, Caitlin Dwyer learns to embrace her hypervisibility as a pregnant woman while exercising at the gym.


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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 →