Morning Jolt: The Media’s Pretend Sense of Doom

On the menu today: Examining why some politically passionate people need to have a sense of impending catastrophe in their lives; a rushed DOJ lawsuit against Georgia; the only interesting question about Wilmington, Del.; and something you probably didn't know about the upcoming Olympics.

'An Air of Doom Over People Who Don't Have That Much Doom in their Lives'

I ran across a book review in the Sydney Review of Books that noted the phenomenon of "Trump novels" in modern literary fiction:

But this is not really the point or function of Trump in the Trump novel. Trump in the Trump novel is spectral. He is there to cast an air of doom over people who don't have that much doom in their lives, allowing the story to begin with its (left, liberal, educated, non-Trump-voting, internet-literate, middle-class) characters already steeped in a kind of ambient adversity that compounds and is compounded by their own personal, more minor adversities. Donald Trump as POTUS functions like the tacked-on trauma characters ...

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The Media's Pretend Sense of Doom

On the menu today: Examining why some politically passionate people need to have a sense of impending catastrophe in their lives; a rushed DOJ lawsuit against Georgia; the only interesting question about Wilmington, Del.; and something you probably didn't know about the upcoming Olympics.

'An Air of Doom Over People Who Don't Have That Much Doom in their Lives'

I ran across a book review in the Sydney Review of Books that noted the phenomenon of "Trump novels" in modern literary fiction:

But this is not really the point or function of Trump in the Trump novel. Trump in the Trump novel is spectral. He is there to cast an air of doom over people who don't have that much doom in their lives, allowing the story to begin with its (left, liberal, educated, non-Trump-voting, internet-literate, middle-class) characters already steeped in a kind of ambient adversity that compounds and is compounded by their own personal, more minor adversities. Donald Trump as POTUS functions like the tacked-on trauma characters ...   READ MORE

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