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Donald Trump’s Dispatches From the Bunker
Plus, Plagues of the Body and Plagues of the Mind.
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BILL LUEDERS: Donald Trump’s Dispatches From the Bunker.
How’s the Big Guy been taking it? Not well.
Even before the House January 6th Committee held its final hearing; before it called for the filing of criminal charges against him; before it produced its voluminous report detailing the findings from its massive 18-month investigation into his efforts to subvert the result of the 2020 election; before the acquisition of his tax returns revealed that he had somehow managed to avoid a mandatory audit while lying for years about being under continual audit, Donald Trump was crying a river about the unfairness of it all.
Steve Bannon is a card-carrying member of the coastal elite, but he’s trying to light a bonfire under American democracy. An intelligent, well-read man in the same category as Tucker Carlson, Bannon’s genius is in polarizing people. The Atlantic’s Jennifer Senior joined Charlie Sykes in this encore episode from June.
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ANDRÉ FORGET: Plagues of the Body and Plagues of the Mind.
In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was common to hear people on social media ask, in horror, whether people were shortly going to start writing pandemic novels. The disease and the lockdowns seemed bad enough; would the publishers’ lists soon be flooded with books about middle-aged writers disinfecting their peaches? From a literary point of view, the problem with pandemics is that they offer little in the way of action. There is pain, there is suffering, there is fear—but there is not a lot of drama. When I heard people expressing retroactive surprise that there were so few explicit references to the Spanish Flu in the literature of the 1920s, the answer, to me, seemed obvious: It was hard to make all that death meaningful or interesting. Which is all just to say that I wasn’t thrilled to learn that the latest novel by Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel Prize-winning postmodernist, was about the outbreak of a viral disease.
The local housing market… Shows no sign of cooling off, despite the weather. This is just down the road from me.
The RNC Chair Race we deserve… A rare encouragement to read the replies… and weep, laugh, and/or cry.
Meet Tim Miller’s new mayor… The most prominent Hmong politician elected in the U.S.
How anger impacts the body… It’s a lot more than just your brain.
Where’d the money come from? The George Santos saga continues.
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