The very beginning of penitence re: Trump

Absolution Wall at Seti Temple

Who is to blame for the desolation of the United States by Kremlin-backed Donald Trump? Here are some voices of self-recrimination in high places. Silent: Vladimir Putin.

Was it misguided voters? See @trump_regrets, which retweets people who regret voting for Trump. Chosen at…


It can be hard work—and the travel gets expensive—but it’s better than being lied to.

Don’t trust it.

Of course you don’t have to trust the media. Instead, trust yourself.

Fact-check what you read. Report your own news. Here’s how:

REPORT IN PERSON. Let’s say you think there’s an amazing exposé to be done around a fatal incident. You have an inclination to believe that the — say…


No light escapes.

THIS is what makes my head spin: The president is not a moral figure in any idiom, any land, any culture, any subculture. I’m not talking about the liberal enlightenment that would make him want the country to take care of the poor and sick. I mean he has no…


I no longer fear “normalization.” I fear that each blow to the head will be explicitly explained and contextualized by actors paid to pretend that what looks like sickness in the American body politic is actually blooming health. And in some newly conjured universe our concussions make perfect sense, are…


This piece originally appeared in Political Objects. Reprinted here for International Women’s Day and the Women’s Strike. #adaywithoutawoman

Beside my bed is a miniature portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Americans aren’t meant to canonize their leaders, and that’s why I bought this original artwork from Kimmy Scafuro, a painter with…


Remembering a time in 2009 when I partied with the Collapsitarians, who now remind me of Steve Bannon.

Give Humpty a good shove. Illustration: Mark Todd

This piece originally appeared in the July/August 2009 Issue of Mother Jones.

One spring afternoon on the patio of a comfort-food spot in Austin, Texas, a jovial, elfin-looking Internet entrepreneur named Thor Muller declared, “I’m a collapsitarian.”

“Sorry?” I asked. We’d just met. I’d heard perfectly well. …


Most presidents make a credible show of faith and openly discuss how belief guides their choices, but Donald Trump has to be the least god-fearing president in the history of America. The church he has claimed to attend — Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan — says he’s not an active…


The old forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But she’ll remember with advantages
What feats she did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in her
mouth as household words
Rodham the queen, Steinem and Ferrera,
Jefferson and Summers, Aduba and Shook,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
This story shall the good woman teach her daughter;
And January twentieth shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of sisters;
For she to-day that sheds her blood with me
Shall be my sister; be she ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle her condition:
And gentlewomen in America now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their womanhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Inauguration Day.


The Desolation of Smaug

Getting very specific about the possible consequences of the incoming administration is helping me sort out hysteria from useful and measured foresight. To that end, here are the things (the least partisan and value-laden things) I think are the most salient threats of a Trump presidency.

1. Nuclear or environmental…


and you absolutely cannot stop talking back to this administration

If you criticize Donald Trump or his proxies in any forum you may find yourself the object of a digital harassment campaign.

This article is intended to serve as a kit with tools you can use to prevent online hazing from defeating your will to speak out or live. Maintaining…

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