This Week in Essays


For Lit Hub, Jackie Polzin writes on revisiting the pleasures of letter writing during the pandemic.

At MUTHA Magazine, Devorah Heitner writes on the mutability of pandemic fears.

For The Believer, Matthew Gavin Frank explores the weird world of pigeon breeding in South Africa.

“All we have is language and we cannot get beyond it.” Here at The Rumpus, Tan Tuck Ming writes on glitches, miscommunications, and translations across different languages, cultures, and technologies.

For Guernica, Kathy Davis finds that growing her own patch of wildflower meadow is more work than she bargained for.

At Outside, Erin Berger longs for a post-pandemic time when being spontaneous and disorganized will feel okay again.


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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 →