This Week in Essays


For VIDA, Grace Talusan shares a difficult memory from her adolescence and thinks about “the eternal present.”

At Real Life, Sasha Geffen writes on the absurdity of policing nipples on the internet and why algorithms don’t know how to deal with trans bodies.

“With you and Nana, I feel like the burger between two slices of white bread. I would have liked an ally for myself, someone who understood.” At Asymptote, Koko Hubara writes on motherhood, skin color, and growing up across cultures.

Here at The Rumpus, Jennie Burke loses her brother to an overdose and reflects on the added difficulties of fighting addiction in a pandemic.

At Apogee, Jane Wong tries to find a point of connection with her gambling, ping pong-playing dad.


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