This Week in Essays


For Barrelhouse, Serena Simpson writes on the miraculous moment a pair of Reebok Pumps came into her life.

At The Walrus, John Semley revels in the last front of tackiness in Canada: Niagara Falls.

“What if 2020 is just a bigger, dumber, and more dangerous version of the year we left behind?” Leigh Hopkins tries to stay steadfast in the face of change and shifting relationships, here at The Rumpus.

At Highline, Michael Hobbes looks into the ways white collar criminals get away with it.

For The Offing, Gretchen Schulz meditates on what can get lost in the wilderness.

Back at The Rumpus, Hailey Rollheiser looks at how easily rape memories get reframed in a new installment of ENOUGH.


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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 →