In my email inbox this morning, I found a sponsored blast from the conservative site, Townhall.com:
Washington is conspiring with China’s leaders to destroy the value of every dollar you earn, spend, save and invest.
The quoted material comes from an ad selling financial advice.
When future historians try to recapture our moment, they'll be making a big mistake if they follow actual news and real-life events. Millions of Americans have lived these past years in a nightmare hallucination. Fox News offers windows into this alternative emotional reality—which of course Fox has helped to engineer as well—but only a window. The truth of our times as experienced by many people is best captured in these emailed newsletters, fragments of Internet flotsam, that present a United States governed by fathomless malignancy and treachery. How to retell that story in all its luridness?
The answer to that question is the reason my next book is a novel, not a history.