Wednesday, May 23, 2018

QOTD -- Philip Roth On Donald Trump


"No one (except perhaps the acidic H. L. Mencken, who famously described American democracy as 'the worship of jackals by jackasses') could have imagined that the 21st-century catastrophe to befall the U.S.A., the most debasing of disasters, would appear not, say, in the terrifying guise of an Orwellian Big Brother but in the ominously ridiculous commedia dell’arte figure of the boastful buffoon. How na├»ve I was in 1960 to think that I was an American living in preposterous times! How quaint! But then what could I know in 1960 of 1963 or 1968 or 1974 or 2001 or 2016?" -- great American novelist Philip Roth, who passed away yesterday at the age of 85, on the advent of boastful buffoon Donald "Rump" Trump in a January 2018 interview.

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