Fire & Fury has landed in the bookshop and we have mixed feelings about stocking yet another book about the west’s most embarrassing, dangerous man. What more does it add/ offer/ bring to the table? Well, here are Masha Gessen’s thoughts, she puts it better than we ever could:
“The President of the United States is a deranged liar who surrounds himself with sycophants. He is also functionally illiterate and intellectually unsound. He is manifestly unfit for the job. Who knew? Everybody did.
So why has Fire And Fury, a book containing this information, padded with much tedious detail, become an overnight sensation, a runaway best-seller, and the topic of every other political column, podcast, and dinner conversation? It seems we are in bigger trouble with reality perception than we might have realized.
A year in, the Trump Presidency remains unimaginable. To think that a madman could be running the world’s most powerful country, to think that the Commander-in-Chief would use Twitter to mouth off about whose nuclear button is bigger or to call himself a “very stable genius,” verges on the impossible. If the word “unthinkable” had a literal meaning, this would be it. It also brings to mind the psychiatrist Judith Herman’s definition of a related word: “Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud,” she once wrote. “This is the meaning of the word unspeakable.”
The Trump era is unimaginable, unthinkable, unspeakable. Yet it is waging a daily assault on the public’s sense of sanity, decency, and cohesion. It makes us crazy.”
We are a bookshop packed with antidotes to Trump and the Trump phenomenon, not least amongst them a little truth, a little hope, many great women and some good laughs. And if you want a copy of Fire & Fury, you can buy that here too.
Time for a strong covfefe, and then revolution?
(Observations canibalised from a conversation with the ever thoughtful William O & Gessen’s New Yorker Article)