Memories of an Appalachian adolescence meshed with analysis of the disaffected white working class, J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been making the rounds as a primer on the sentiments that have given rise to Donald Trump. It certainly has all the right ingredients: Vance is a white man who grew up poor in Ohio with family roots in Kentucky. His mother struggled with addiction and had a string of bad boyfriends and husbands.
You know a No when you see it. Sometimes a No is tangible, like a beard laced with flowers or a shirt that makes no sense, and sometimes it's just an idea, or the answer to a question that shouldn't have even been asked. With the exception of maybe disco, history has no greater repository of No than the internet. Al Gore's creation contains more No than any mere mortal could be expected to keep up with. That's where this newsletter comes in.