This Week in Words – Feb 16

by Treehouse Editors

compiled by Rachel Bondurant

The Millions resumes their practice of judging books by their covers this week, comparing U.S. and U.K. cover art for the books in the Morning News Tournament of Books.

Flavorwire’s got a list of 17 essays by women that are must-reads, thanks to Creative Nonfiction and the VIDA Count. (Incidentally, CNF published an interview/conversation between Elissa Bassist and Cheryl Strayed about writing “like a motherfucker.” It’s also worth reading.)

In the realm of fiction and poetry, these pieces caught my eye this week:

Kate Wheeler’s “Girltown” in Electric Lit’s Recommended Reading is a story in which, oddly refreshingly, “nothing happens.”

In [PANK], Rae Gouirand’s poem “In Lieu of Questions” caught me for the pieces: “this suspension we call late,” “between our two houses,” “let me strip you of name and skin like this.”

And Brenda Ordonez’s fiction piece “Ghosts” in matchbook has its roots in the very real element of alienation.