This Continetti piece is so good. Here’s an excerpt, but read the whole thing:
It’s a joke. All of it: his candidacy, the apparatus of propaganda and grift surrounding it, the failures of governance and education and culture that have brought us to this place. What disturbs me most is the prospect that Donald Trump is what a very large number of Republican voters want: not a wonk, not an orator, not a statesman, not even a leader, really, if by leader you mean someone who persuades and inspires and manages a team to pursue a common good. They just want a man who vents their anger at targets above and below their status.
How cathartic it is to give voice to your fury, to wallow in self-righteousness, in helplessness, in self-serving self-pity. It’s what one expects of teenagers, artists, bloggers, pajama boys—immature, peevish, radical, self-destructive behavior. If that is how Republican voters would like to end their days, in a defensive posture of suspicion and loathing of this big crazy wonderful country that has made them literally the wealthiest and most entitled generation of human beings in the history of the world, well, that’s their right as Americans, I suppose. Best of luck. The Darwin Award will be ready for you November 9.
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You can finally see “Hamilton”…kind of.
Weird. I was told businesses aren’t allowed to act on their consciences. The government must force this woman to serve me food.
The war in Syria is killing off not only civilians, but medical knowledge itself.
The great-grandson of Maria and Georg von Trapp marries a kindred spirit.
Yeah, can’t vote for anyone with these kinds of ties to the Kremlin.
The details are unclear, but the Brontë Society “seems to have split into two factions, the ‘modernisers’ and the ‘conservatives,’ who are now battling for the society’s soul.”