This Week in Essays


At Longreads, Jill Talbot watches her daughter complete high school in a pandemic.

Ibram X. Kendi properly dismantles the myth of post-racial America for The Atlantic.

Here at The Rumpus, Ricardo Frasso Jaramillo writes on public death, governmental neglect, image and language, and more.

For Midnight & Indigo, Rose-Marie Athiley shares her journey to finding connection and joy in natural hair.

Daniel Garcia parses the language of assimilation at Guernica.

Julie Chang reflects on lessons learned from a fierce grandmother, back at The Rumpus.

For Catapult, Miyako Pleines finds much to admire, on- and off-screen, in B-movie star Tura Satana.


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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 →