This Week in Essays


At The Atlantic, Ibram X. Kendi makes clear that cooperating with police doesn’t guarantee a good outcome.

Ada Limón shares why she’s come to appreciate being a disembodied head in a Zoom box, over at Lit Hub.

For the Chicago Reader, Katie Prout spends some time at the city’s last men’s hotel.

At Longreads, Jeanna Kadlec writes on how queerness and villainy go hand in hand in Disney movies.

For Outside, Rachel Levin takes a look at the phenomenon of Zoomtowns, in particular the outsiders taking over Lake Tahoe.


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