This Week in Essays


Ruth Madievsky writes on childhood sexual abuse and the troubled nature of complicity for Guernica.

At Places Journal, Sasha Archibald writes on the rise and slow disintegration of lesbian utopia in southern Oregon.

For The Rumpus, Natalie Ponte spends COVID lockdown dealing with dead chickens and curious children.

“The thing about these new technological screening systems is that, if you don’t have a choice or aren’t aware that you have one, they quickly become routine.” At The Walrus, Hilary Beaumont gives an overview of the mass collection of biometric data happening out of sight at the border.

At Ploughshares, Miyako Pleines discovers a window into her grandmother’s life by way of a Wyoming concentration camp’s community newspaper.

Back at The Rumpus, Heather Stokes writes on how her brother’s and uncle’s struggles with addiction impacted her family—and her own life.

“I found a loophole in white privilege, and I threaded my way through it by convincing another white woman to plead my case.” For Catapult, Destiny O. Birdsong writes on struggling with chronic illness and the medical system while Black and female.


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