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“The revolution will be contextualized”: a review of a review of books about the current president: New Yorker.

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The New Yorker on October 24, 2020 published a review of a book about books about the current president, titled “the lessons of reading every book about [redacted].” There have been over a hundred and fifty books written about the current president over the years, many more in the recent past, several despite the best efforts of His lawyers.

The author of the book in question, “What Were We Thinking? A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era”, Carlos Lozada, has read most, if not all, of the books so far published about the current president. The author presents his review so that you do not have to read all those books. This is in itself a mercy. No-one should have to read even one such book except to satisfy a morbid imagination.

If you read this review, you will not even have to read the book. The review briefly summarizes the book’s most significant work, which is to categorize all the books on the subject: they are subdivided into approximately ten varieties. The first several are of interest: “chaos chronicles” (from officials “expressing concern”), “heartlandia” (about fans of the current president), “Russian lit” (about the current president’s ties to Russia), and manuals for the resistance (what to do if you oppose His policies.)

There are also hagiographies (written by fans of the current president) and dissections of the conspiracy theories spawned by those within and without the present administration. There are discussions of the main issues on which most of the public disagrees with the current administration, such as the issue of immigration.

Most important, the number of books written about the current president should not make you think that the subject of those books is complex. In fact, the current president has a rather limited vocabulary and little tolerance for details. He is a very simple-minded, albeit malignant, man.

I’m presenting this link because it is possible for the average internet lurker to access a limited amount of content from the New Yorker without a subscription. I believe that you can read two or three articles a month for free from any random Internet Protocol (IP) address. If you have an interest in the subject but no extra money to purchase a subscription, I suggest that you take in this particular article because it will allow you to avoid reading all 150 books about a rather disheartening subject.

That is the adjective that conservatives have used whenever some particularly egregious act by the current president is brought to their attention: “I am disheartened by [insert current outrage here].”

Rather than be disheartened, and to avoid being bogged down in depressing details, I suggest that we simply vote Him out of office so that we can forget Him.

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