Let’s start here. I might add a disclosure point. I reviewed Michael Wolff’s 2008 book on Murdoch for The New York Observer. Afterward, Wolff – whom I didn’t know – told me I was the only reviewer who “got” his book. What that said about me or my reviewing is something I’m still pondering a decade later. Anyway: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/14/michael-wolff-interview-fire-and-fury-donald-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=260528&subid=23770632&CMP=GT_US_collection
My darling wife brought this to my attention. Good stuff! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/15/fire-and-fury-inside-the-trump-white-house-by-michael-wolff-digested-read
Once more into the breach! https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/15/should-i-invest-bitcoin-dont-mr-money-moustache?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=260528&subid=23770632&CMP=GT_US_collection
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/01/right-wing-media-reaction-trump-shithole-comments?mbid=nl_th_5a5d35adb2571072cf48eb23&CNDID=42793573&spMailingID=12754564&spUserID=MTQzOTExNDk1OTIxS0&spJobID=1321442123&spReportId=MTMyMTQ0MjEyMwS2 This resonates oddly with me. You may loathe the person VF reports as making the observation for his politics or ideology, but he’s right in one regard: Der Trump’s “s…hole” usages are the way certain types talk in bars. If you report the locutions accurately you run certain risks, although what happened to me surely won’t happen to Vanity Fair’s writer. Here’s my sad story. Around 1990, I published a “dynastic” novel about Wall Street titled Hanover Place. One of the principal themes of the book was the uneasy, now and then ugly relationship between Christians and Jews, a fraught situation I had observed at first-hand in my years at Lehman Brothers and Burnham & Co. I knew what was said – what expressions were commonplace, what language was used – in certain locker rooms and around certain dining ables by parties to the conflict and I accurately reproduced those locutions in my novel. When the book was reviewed in NYTBR, the reviewer, Judith Martin aka “Miss Manners” of The Washington Post, accused me of harboring the sentiments expressed by the fictional characters I had created in the novel. The book and I were tarred with the brush of anti-Semitism. Martin’s review effectively killed the book, since it scared my team – agent, publisher etc., who were Jewish – into pretending they had nothing to do with it. A glowing review by Stephen Birmingham, author of Our Crowd, in WaPo didn’t help. Nor did an evening a month or so later at the Harmonie Club when I was invited to “defend” Hanover Place. At the end of the session, a number of members came up to tell me that this had been one of the best club evenings ever.
Speaking of which (last paragraph especially): http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/racism-o-rama/
Here’s Krugman in today’s NYT: “…this new divergence reflects the growing importance of clusters of highly skilled workers — many of them immigrants — often centered on great universities, that create virtuous circles of growth and innovation. And as it happens, the 2016 election largely pitted these rising regions against those left behind, which is why counties carried by Hillary Clinton, who won only a narrow majority of the popular vote, account for a remarkable 64 percent of U.S. G.D.P., almost twice as much as Trump counties.” I feel the columnist might have pointed out that while Clinton carried counties that accounted for 64% of GDP, a significant portion of that edge must have been generated in NY which is where – ironically – Der Trump, champion of 21st Century Know-Nothingism, made his money!
This above all: “…H. L. Mencken, … famously described American democracy as ‘the worship of jackals by jackasses’”.
Hope springs eternal. https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2018/01/17/trump-exam-shows-serious-heart-concerns-outside-mds-say-white-house-rejects-claim/moqTAIfte62ZSoYRsG5ctO/story.html?et_rid=1758184608&s_campaign=todaysheadlines:newsletter
This sort of piece is why I’ve always been a huge fan of Phil Mushnick: https://nypost.com/2018/01/19/vikings-so-called-hero-finds-new-low-in-nfl-celebration-lunacy/
From my friend Alexander: http://www.alhambrapartners.com/2018/01/18/third-times-a-charm-2/
Bret Stephens has a very sensible Op-Ed in today’s NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/opinion/clueless-versus-trump.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion-columnists Like it or not, Der Trump can be given credit for the huge stock market rally in this sense. There is probably more concentrated free/investible capital loose on the world than at any time in history. Clearly the sense prevails that the USA, for a number of reasons but certainly including the regime, is the most hospitable place on the globe for Big Money to find love and comfort. I must say that the Trump regime may be coarse, gross, corrupt and chaotic, but the opposition strikes me as just plain stupid.
Every day in every way, someone – the latest being Rep. Meehan – learns the great truth to emege from the Clinton Administration, so repeat after me, children: YOU ARE GOING TTO GET CAUGHT!