1. The HBO series Plot Against America is exceptionally urgent and timely but maybe in a way that works against it winning the audience it deserves.
2. I mean a drama about an America that is rapidly unraveling under the misrule of a bigoted president who uses the slogan “America First” is not ideal relief for anyone hoping for a break from today’s news cycle. Not surprising if people watch Tiger King instead.
3. Philip Roth was pretty adamant that his novel wasn't meant to be a political allegory but rather a speculation. But as so often, the text has taken on a life beyond authorial intent. It's a dystopia that pretty eerily anticipated current dilemmas.
4. More thoughts on The Plot Against America here: https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/plot-america-hbo-trump/