This Week in Essays


“My husband, possibly the gentlest man on earth, came to me in a coat of old vows. I married him knowing he arrived with wives.” Sabrina Orah Mark ingeniously explores the Bluebeard myth and its connection to in our very real relationships and buried pasts.

At the New York Review of Books, Zadie Smith untangles some of the complicated feelings about representation and appropriation in literature.

Here at The Rumpus, Zainab A. Omaki struggles with hair loss and learns to live with what won’t get better.

Marie Manilla writes on aging, dementia, resistance, and acceptance at Contrary.

“I wonder if every young adult, queer or otherwise, goes through this period of transition, of wondering where they belong as they watch new biological families spark to life all around them.” For The Walrus, Kai Cheng Thom looks at chosen families versus biological families in queer communities.

At the Washington Post, Karie Fugett pays the ultimate sacrifice to a country that remained indifferent to the suffering of her husband who served in Iraq, lost his leg, and eventually lost his life.


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