Tag Archive: Donald Trump

“I Love a Parade”

On Bastille Day in 1965, I was a 13-year-old in Paris. On our way home from a year living in Thailand, my family was staying in the apartment of a college friend of… Continue reading

Mount Vernon in America Today

Can we maintain adoration when our beloved is stripped of aspiration, only flaws remaining? That’s what I’ve been asking, these past weeks, and I am getting more and more depressed that I have… Continue reading

Donny

(With apologies to Sylvia Plath for abusing her great poem “Daddy”) You do not do, you do not do Any more, black shoe In which we have lived like a foot For eighteen… Continue reading

Trump: “A Shattered Visage Lies”

“Round the decay/Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare/The lone and level sands stretch far away.” So ends Shelley’s “Ozymandias.” It shouldn’t be surprising to hear those lines quoted this weekend as Donald… Continue reading

The News Media, Trumped

As anyone should know by now, the American news media shoulder a great deal of the blame for the success of Donald Trump. Though some outlets, like The New York Times, are now… Continue reading

The Age of the Crap Artist

Some years ago, we arrived at the age of the “news clown.” It’s the age of realization of characters such as Philip K. Dick’s once fictional newscaster Jim-Jam Brisken, someone who runs for… Continue reading

Tellin’ It Like It Is: Politics and Donald Trump’s Language

[Photo by Marc Nozell – https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/24622320840/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46901376 ] When Indiana Jones, played by Donald Trump, shoots the Cairo Swordsman (with Jeb Bush and a bunch of other Republicans in the… Continue reading

The Disease of the Lie and the Slur

The current revulsion toward the disease of Donald Trump, perhaps best characterized (by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship) as “a virus infecting our politics and right now… flourishing with a scarlet heat,” has… Continue reading