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Jeff Sharlet on Donald Trump
One of my favorite professors has a fine piece in the NYT Magazine this weekend. Professor of English Jeff Sharlet — who this space has previously profiled and also praised for his graceful style in an obituary for Pete Seeger and a depiction of Cornell West, and applauded for his support of the student publication 40 Towns — tries to get to the heart of a now enduring and still perplexing question: why does Donald Trump have such wide support? Sharlet’s genre has been called creative non-fiction, and he brings both a sympathetic poetry and a discerning eye to Trump’s campaign, which he describes as a combination of gospel preaching, self-help exhortation, and unabashed narcissism. He goes a long way in explaining why the aspects of Trump’s presentation that most shock the chattering classes seem to endear the man to his supporters.
Have a look at Sharlet’s fine writing and thinking.
Addendum: A critical alumnus writes in:
Very well written piece, but essentially a NY Times smear job. You could write a similar piece regarding any candidate, for example, play up the ignorance of economics of the Sanders supporters, the indifference to their candidate’s venality and corruption of the Clinton supporters, the religiosity of the Cruz supporters, etc.
Whatever Trump’s shortcomings, and they are many, he has touched a deep vein of concern among the public, something that our complacent elites seem incapable of understanding.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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