This Week in Essays


Aleksandar Hemon explores moral relativism in a time of Trump for Lit Hub.

At Catapult, Teow Lim Goh reminds us that we’ve been here before as she examines the repercussions of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

Here at The Rumpus, Scott Dominic Carpenter takes on the guise of a Frenchman and finds one surprising person who doesn’t buy it.

For Avidly, Pete Coviello finds a battle call in a rediscovered song, thanks to the shuffle algorithm.

And back at The Rumpus, Shannon Lell negotiates raising her children after a divorce with the help of life lessons taught through movies.


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