This Week in Essays


“It reflects a clear principle: Only the president and his allies, his supporters, and their anointed are entitled to the rights and protections of the law, and if necessary, immunity from it. The rest of us are entitled only to cruelty, by their whim.” Adam Serwer puts the apparent voting-against-their-interests voters into terrifying perspective at the Atlantic.

Angela Garbes takes a fascinating dive into the weird-ass world of Cabbage Patch BabyLand for Topic.

“Appellate Judge, a Pillar of the State! A pillar of salt, rather—collapsing with the fillip of a finger, to poison the earth where he subsides.” Mark Greif puts words of awe and anger to our Supreme Court situation at n+1.

“One of the harshest things you can do to a person is unmake them. Take them away from themselves, acknowledge nothing but their vessel.” Nicholas Russell weaves Radiohead’s In Rainbows, embodiment, and injustice into a thoughtful whole here at The Rumpus.

Over at BuzzFeed, Nate Marshall looks for joy at the conviction of Laquan McDonald’s murderer but can only see all the work that still needs doing.

Olowogboyega Olumuyiwa goes to Nigerian prison and lives to tell about it at Entropy.

Finally, read this great interview with Lacy M. Johnson at The Rumpus about her new must-read book of essays, The Reckonings.


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