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March 20, 2017

The word to mint here is “TRUMPANOIA.”

I picked up the dead tree version of ye olde Times book review section, something I hadn’t done for ages.

I saw that a certain obsession/compulsion seems to have crept into the prose of the reviews. Every single one that I read—and I got to around to about fie or six of them before I stopped reading—made some reference, oblique or direct, to these harsh Trumpian times in which we live. This was true whatever the subject matter of the book might have been. And these weren’t just references to the discord of the American people about the Trump presidency, either. Each reference seemed to come with a set of assumptions that implied agreement among the Times’ readers on the following:
(1) we all detest Trump
(2) Trump is a totalitarian about to take our rights away any moment
(3) these things don’t need much demonstration at this point; they are a given and we all understand what we’re referring toThe book review section: fanning anti-Trump paranoia

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 20, 2017 1:10 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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