This Week in Essays


“I am used to this by now, used to knowing that I will never be used to this—that this part of her will never not break me, that this may be the rest of our lives.” Catch a stunning glimpse of T Kira Madden’s forthcoming memoir in this essay on a childhood with troubled parents at The Sun.

Rumpus Fiction Editor Karissa Chen writes about the anxieties of waning fertility in a new series for Catapult.

Here at The Rumpus, Ira Sukrungruang considers the changing environment that his young son will grow up in while writing missives into that future.

“Films, news, literature, science, city planning, economics, the stories we tell ourselves about our past, present, and future, are all marked—disfigured—by a female-shaped ‘absent presence’. This is the gender data gap.” You thought you already knew about the dangers of living in a patriarchal world. It gets worse, as Caroline Criado-Perez reveals at the Guardian.

At n+1, Tinder opens up new sexual possibilities for Elizabeth Wolfe, who finds that the tease might be better than fulfillment.

Back at The Rumpus, Britt Canty loses her father just as she’s learning to reconnect with him.


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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 →