Monday January 23, 2017
Quote of the Day
“I found much that was alarming about being a citizen during the tenures of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. But, whatever I may have seen as their limitations of character or intellect, neither was anything like as humanly impoverished as Trump is: ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency, and wielding a vocabulary of seventy-seven words that is better called Jerkish than English.”
-- Philip Roth, in the New Yorker piece, “Philip Roth E-Mails on Trump,” which focuses on how prescient Roth was with his 2004 historical novel, “The Plot Against America”: a political neophyte (Charles Lindbergh), with a deep admiration for a foreign dictator (Hitler), becomes president on a xenophobic and “America First” platform.