Two months ago I set aside these yay, truth! exercises to focus on a proposal for a book on Harry Nilsson. Spending time on Nilsson was loads more fun. The latest data point that suggests our shared reality is on the ropes:
I'm writing two days after Liz Cheney was crushed in her attempt to hold onto her Wyoming Congressional seat, the same seat she won with 73% of the vote in 2020. This time, the election-denying, reality-defying Trump acolyte who crushed her got 66%. And so it goes. For as long as I've been aware of … Continue reading Sympathy for the Devil
What's the worst American fiction of the 21st century? Last month, in preparation for the baseball season, I read Brendan Boyd's 1991 novel Blue Ruin, based on the 1919 Black Sox scandal. It was overwrought, annoyingly clever, and depressingly bleak, hardly the thing to get me in the mood. But it did remind me of … Continue reading Bad fiction. The other kind.
A couple weeks back, Kid Rock sat down with Tucker Carlson and explained what he liked about Donald Trump. (Side note: If you don't feel embarrassed during the frequent camera cuts to Carlson erupting in mock laughter or gaping in mock astonishment, your constitution is stronger than mine.) "[Trump] speaks off the cuff," Kid said. … Continue reading Kid Rock, Trump, and telling it like it is
Last week, CBS News interviewed a Ukrainian stuck in Kyiv. Like many Ukrainians, she has family in Russia, and she was describing what happened when she phoned her aunt to tell her that Russia was bombing her city. Her aunt told her, "You don't know who did that. We're seeing one thing on the news, … Continue reading Up = Down