Sunday Rumpus Political Links


I swear to God if I hear one more thing about Sarah Palin I’m going to snap, so this week, The Rumpus is giving you a roundup of political links that are a lot more interesting than anything ever written by or about her. This may or may not continue, depending on whether people like it.

Has religion made it harder to get treatment for PTSD?

Hannah Arendt’s  “intellectually toxic relationship” with Heidegger. Also, “the banality of evil” as “an almost infallible sign of shallow thinkers attempting to seem intellectually sophisticated.” My undergrad advisor would not have approved.

Sherman Alexie speaks about 9/11 on October 10, 2001. (HT)

Should the U.S. send money to fight AIDS to African countries that “that jail homosexuals, invent new crimes such as “aggravated homosexuality” (Uganda), threaten death penalties for homosexuals, require citizen-informants to identify homosexuals and scapegoat gay Africans”? (via)

At Guernica, “Chronicles of a Soviet Capitalist.

Seth Fischer's writing has appeared in Best Sex Writing 2013, Buzzfeed, PankGuernica, Lunch Ticket, Gertrude, and elsewhere. His Rumpus piece "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He will be a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and was a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He also teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find more writing of his writing at, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →