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kleinbl00  ·  1540 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Rod Dreher and JD Vance on Trump, the Tribune of the People

You know, it's funny. I downloaded it as an audiobook, intent on taking a break on this nonsense when I get to the end, a mere 12 hours away. Then I realized the Vance book is a thin little 7-hour volume and that if I start it on my way to work tomorrow, I'll be done with the fucker by Saturday morning just in my commute.

So you may have your answer soon.

iammyownrushmore  ·  1539 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'd definitely like to hear your take, it's on my list as well, but the shortness put me off.

veen  ·  1539 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Have you also read Ta-Nehisi Coates' book that's mentioned in the article? I've heard about it but haven't given it a try.

iammyownrushmore  ·  1539 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have, and it's very good, Coates is a terrific writer. I did not feel as if guilt was impressed upon me, nor some explicit blame of "white people", but a individual and communal perspective, and his critiques are systemic. The James Baldwin comparison is very apt.

I'm sure you may have already, but The Case for Reparations is a really fantastic article he wrote for The Atlantic.

kleinbl00  ·  1539 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's been on my list for a while. I know I should read Coates but I suspect that as a white man I'll feel pretty bad about myself after. Edward Said's Orientalism was rough enough; he does a damn fine job of making you feel guilty for liking Kipling.

veen  ·  1539 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, I feel the same about it but with an added dose of I'm-not-even-American-unrelatability.