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This is Worldcrunch's international collection of essays, which includes pieces written in English and others translated from the world's best writers in any other language. The name for this collection, Rue Amelot, is a nod to the humble address in eastern Paris that we call home. Send ideas and suggestions to info@worldcrunch.com.

United States

Foreign Eye On The Descent Of American Democracy, 2008 To 2020

In the midst of America's election limbo, our Milan-based writer looks back on the first U.S. cam...

France

A Trip To Nowhere? Twisted Travel Plans For Our Pandemic Times

-Essay- COVID-19's economic impact on travel is matched only by the existential impact on the modern traveler. In a sign of the desperation of both, several airlines and cruise ship companies ...

India

Dinner With Netflix, When A Lockdown Drama Turns Extra Dark

From the moment the movie began, I had a funny feeling. First, there were no opening credits — nothing to tell us who the producers or director were nor what famous actors would appear. No ...

Italy

Lombardy Postcard, The Autumn Of Our Second-Wave Angst

MILAN — I recently spent a weekend at the Lago d'Iseo, a picturesque area of Lombardy at the foot of the Alps east of Milan, the city where I live. The air was hot and still, resting damp and ...

United Kingdom

The Meaning Of A Face Mask, From Britain To Czech Republic

PRAGUE — Such a little thing, such a little thing, but the difference it made was grave. As so often happens, a line from Morrissey sums it up best. Back in my native Britain, that "little ...

United States

How Does It Sound? Bob Dylan, Between Headlines And Posterity

PARIS — Grandioso, say the Italians. Kolossalt for the Swedes. The Berkeley student newspaper called it monumental, while a Buenos Aires daily was stamping it patrimonio de la ...

France

Pandemic Postcard: Nearly Alone As A Paris Museum Reopens

PARIS — Growing up in Chicago, one of my favorite books was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the story of a brother and sister who run away to live in New York's ...

Czech Republic

Paris To Prague: A Czech Homecoming And Quarantine Au Revoir

PRAGUE — As I walked down Avenue René Coty on a sunny day in late May, everything was like a Paris postcard — except that my glasses were fogging up over my facemask. But I knew the ...