After the cataclysm: thoughts from the deck of a sinking ship

This great ship, the USS America, is in deep trouble. Captain Barry Hope — “Audacity” to his friends — is about to be helicoptered off into the sunset, and the passengers have elected as his replacement a bullying, ignorant, unstable five-year-old who has never before seen the ocean. “Donnie Boy” has now revealed his plans to fire the America’s …

“Not I”: An Open Letter to American Conservatives on the Eve of the Election

The most frightening book I’ve read in the past ten years is not a novel by Stephen King, but a childhood memoir by the German historian Joachim Fest. Not I describes Fest’s childhood and adolescence in a deeply conservative family in Berlin. Johannes Fest, Joachim’s father, was a Roman Catholic with ordinary conservative political aspirations. …