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Is Trump's COVID-19 Diagnosis Ironic?

Just hours before tweeting that he was COVID positive, Trump recorded a speech wherein he opined that "The end of the pandemic is in sight."

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'Tiger King' and the Post-Truth Culture War

Tiger King -- released during and dominating the streaming-in-lockdown era -- exemplifies in real-time the feedback loop between entertainment and ideology.

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First Tragedy, Then Farce, Then What?

Riffing off Marx's riff on Hegel on history, art historian and critic Hal Foster contemplates political culture and cultural politics in the age of Donald Trump in What Comes After Farce?

Reading Pandemics

AIDS Play 'The Normal Heart' Is a Guide During COVID-19 and Political Indifference

When national leadership isn't addressing a pandemic as it should, Larry Kramer, as playwright and activist, pens the only viable response: "Everyone's entitled to good medical care. If you're not getting it, you've got to fight for it."

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

What Will Come? COVID-19 and the Politics of Economic Depression

The financial crash of 2008-2010 reemphasized that traumatic economic shifts drive political change, so what might we imagine — or fear — will emerge from the COVID-19 depression?

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The Kids Might Be Alright: Progress as Virtue in Contemporary Children's Literature

Dave Eggers and Colin Meloy take on the antagonistic and nativist rhetoric in American politics and culture with children's books intent on generating empathy.

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Ian McEwan's Brexit Satire, 'The Cockroach', Leaves Little to the Imagination

With his latest, The Cockroach, the otherwise masterful British novelist Ian McEwan proves that too much cleverness can kill satire.

Television

'Designated Survivor' S3: How Do We Deal with Neo-Fascists, Anyway?

Designated Survivor Season Three effectively criticizes the Trump administration and poses complex questions in our time of the rise of the extreme right.

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Is Progressive-Populism Our Best Option in These Troubled Times?

When order ruptures it leads to a state of crisis manifest in many ways, as we see emerging throughout the world. What can we do?

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Does Amber Tamblyn's 'Era of Ignition' Ignite Your Flame?

Actor Amber Tamblyn is aspiring to something deeper than just the chronicle of herself as a young ingénue who came of age as a TV star in her memoir, Era of Ignition. In our politically tumultuous times, does she succeed?

Comics

AOC Comic 'New Party, Who Dis?' Makes Clear the Politics of the Superhero Genre

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comic New Party, Who Dis? - with its ninjas, spaceships, dancing, explosions, FDR, wrestling, and orange hair - names and satirizes the oppressive dog whistles that undermine marginalized peoples in America and in American politics.

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Open Court's The Handmaid's Tale and Philosophy Emphasizes Caution and Awareness

As far as The Handmaid's Tale and Philosophy­ is concerned, Trump et al are the exact bastards you're not supposed to let grind you down.

Books

George Orwell as Essayist: The Democratic Socialist Who Never Sought a Safe Space

George Orwell's essays -- so urgently relevant in these times -- convey the political and social views he would later express in his fiction.

Film

'The American President' and the Aesthetics of Rising NeoLiberalism

In the prescient The American President, the president and his love interest push the liberal agenda while simultaneously living in the lap of luxury. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.

Film

'Monrovia, Indiana' Merges Impressionistic Humanism with Political Critique

Breaking away from Election 2016 diatribes, Director Frederick Wiseman visually acknowledges Monrovia, Indiana as a tranquil working-class Eden, while still rendering a subtly powerful critique of small town America.

Film

Shaved Jews and Philosemitic Fantasy: On 'Jud Süss' and 'Das alte Desetz'

The fascist mind, always limited by parochial sentimentality, fears art because it fears any hint of ambiguity.

Music

Smoking Popes on Faith, Politics, and Judy Garland

Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes talks with PopMatters about musical and spiritual experiences, and reflections about the legendary Judy Garland, who inspired their new album Into the Agony.

Theatre

Making Troy Great Again: On Shakespeare's 'Troilus and Cressida' and Trump's Ugly Political Rhetoric

The Trump presidency is Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida made real – only it's stripped of the mythology and just lying bare and ugly for all to see.

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Fascism Shows Its Everyday Face in 'The Order of the Day'

Éric Vuillard's work is a short, sublime history that provides a necessary and contemporary service by stripping away the mythic quality of Nazi fascism.

Television

Roseanne Barr: A Curdled Avatar of White Resentment

Anybody surprised by the conspiratorial sitcom star's latest rant hasn't been paying attention to what Trump Nation has been trying to tell us.

Books

Paul Goldberg's 'The Château' Is a Farcical Familial Fable for the Trump Era

The father and son relationship, the wonky, beating heart of The Château, feels so well-worn and lived-in that its volatile pushes-and-pulls contain some genuinely touching moments.

Books

Environmental Activist Bill McKibben On How Civility, Humor, and Soul Music Is Essential to Resistance

Talking with PopMatters about his recent environmental-themed novel, Radio Free Vermont, McKibben brings joy to the seriousness and hope to the every day.

Books

'Radio Free Vermont' Showcases the Political Power of Ordinary People

Bill McKibben's novel asks readers to value resistance movements that embrace humor, creativity, and civility while inspiring activism as part of our everyday lives.

Books

'Pussy' Is a Savage Satire in the Form of a Comic Fairytale

Howard Jacobson shows that Donald Trump may not be beyond satire, after all...

Politics

Believe Me! Trumpism and the Messianic Impulse

Mario Cuomo once said that candidates campaign in poetry then govern in prose; Trump’s utterances, however, might better be characterized as speaking in tongues.


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