Lili Loofbourow is a staff writer at Slate. Her work has ­appeared in Best American Essays 2019, Virginia ­Quarterly ­Review, and The New York Times Magazine. She is working on a book of essays. (March 2020)


The Post-Traumatic Novel

Miriam Toews in costume as the character Esther during the filming of Silent Light, directed by Carlos Reygadas (left) and set in a Mennonite settlement in Chihuahua, Mexico, July 2006

Women Talking

by Miriam Toews

The Question Authority

by Rachel Cline
Crimes have a tendency to become not just stories but genres, once we get too accustomed to them. As more and more stories of sexual assault have been made public in the last two years, the genre of their telling has exploded.