This Week in Essays


At Longreads, Jennifer Chong Schneider finds a lot to unpack upon entering the world of dating.

“Forgiveness happens involuntarily, as a kind of psychological climate change; you wake up one day with the rocky shores of your resentment gone, swallowed by the sea.” Sady Doyle finds her own path to forgiveness at the New York Review of Books.

Here at The Rumpus, Melanie Kachadoorian tries to let her young son love pink in a culture that still enforces rigid gender roles.

For the Atlantic, Deborah Copaken deals with grief and its aftershocks.

Adam Dalva gets a New Year’s surprise at Guernica.


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