Editor’s note: On the occasion of this year’s Man Booker Prize for fiction going to George Saunders for Lincoln in the Bardo, we’re highlighting Liesl Schillinger’s review, first published here on February 13, 2017. In his new book Lincoln in the Bardo—his first novel—the tricksy, unsettling, masterly short story writer George Saunders has taken a family tragedy—the death of an American President’s child—and set it at the center of a national tragedy: the Civil War.
Any American who has watched the news this year, absorbing –first skeptically and, latterly, with outraged acceptance — the agglomerating hulk of evidence of Kremlin interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election can see that reports of the death of the Cold War were grossly exaggerated.
@ezraklein Ezra-hi! I teach FACTS/ALTERNATIVE FACTS at New School & fervently hope you'd be willing & able to visit my class (Q&A by me) 2-2:45 pm—Tues 11/28 OR Tues 12/5, yr pref—our PODCAST week. Bret Stephens came ALT-RIGHT week. Any hope? Pls E me: LieslSchillinger@gmail.com
Wonderful remark by John Banville at 92Y last night: "Tyrants love simple language, and inaccurate language. [As writers} Our duty, our small little job, is to keep the language rich, keep it pure, and precise."
@NicolleDWallace Why do Dems get in worse trouble for misconduct w/women than GOP offenders? Because respect for women is part of the perceived Democratic ethos; when Dems misbehave, it looks hypocritical. Respect for women isn't built into GOP ethos, so is harder to make stick.
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