Are we a nation of madmen? Katha Pollitt has thought about it – about the millions of people who say satan-worshiping pedophiles control American politics and media, or that if you have Covid-19 you should buy some ivermectin at the local food store.
Plus: The 1955 murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi is arguably the most famous lynching in American history. Now there is a novel about it that is wild and funny. The author is Percival Everett – it’s called The trees. And it’s really good. How is it possible to write a comic novel about a lynching? John Powers explains – he’s a critic on NPRs Fresh air.
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