The organic growth of everyday American fascism and the understanding that pogroms are not a uniquely European phenomenon is rendered in stark and terrifying detail in David Simon's adaptation of Philip Roth's alternate historical novel, The Plot Against America.
Saul Bellow has won many literary awards, including the Nobel, Pulitzer, and National Book Award. Yet Zachary Leader's thorough work, The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005, a PopMatters pick, begins with Below asking himself, "Was I a man or was I a jerk?"
“We are all Rachel Dolezal”: on Asad Haider’s ‘Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump’
Among other critiques of identity politics, Haider believes that we each can slip between identities at will. Indeed, it's a universal human condition.
A sense of bitterness remains for those of us mourning the loss of this final great literary lion of the 20th century.
There's a ghostly suggestion of Philip Roth's writing voice in Portnoy's Complaint in this novel; a relatively calm voice, this time in the third person, documenting the madness.