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1. National-Affairs Correspondent, The Nation 2. email: jeetheer1967 at gmail dot com 3. Twitter essayist 4. Profile drawing by Joe Ollmann

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@nataliesurely Can a declining empire suffer from psychosomatic symptoms? @JohnDotParsons @lionel_trolling Yes! @zezezebe Um, lots of people are circulating this not as satire but as a real tweet.Didn't this guy wear blackface once? https://t.co/zDIc9ywtUqThere's a screenshot of a Trump tweet about Giuliani going around. it's fake. Don't circulate! There's enough bad t… https://t.co/MIoOSQived @joshtpm Fake tweet is circulating. You didn't miss anything. @ChrisMommsen @mattyglesias Right. It'll be some time before we find out. @mattyglesias I would honestly wait till after the election when we have better information about actual votes befo… https://t.co/rMbkET3vWO @JamesSurowiecki More Evangelicals is the big difference @lionel_trolling You could ask Shakespeare the same question!
10/22
2020
@lionel_trolling Fanny and Alexander! Nothing else is even close.John Murray Cuddihy's The Ordeal of Civility is in disrepute right now (because it's been appropriated by some very… https://t.co/7iecDzW1q2 @thegarance We're going to need a complete and total shut down of heterosexual men until we figure out what's happening.For the record, my account has been hacked since 2012. I disavow every past and future tweet.The comedy never ends. https://t.co/3Kyujl0QcvThis is the second most embarrassing thing ever to happen to the Daily Mail, a newspaper that was once ardently pro… https://t.co/noHYrNfpRH @AndrewLiptak Has this been delayed because of the movie? Looking forward to it. @michelledean There are things to argue with in Raising Kane but it's filled with brilliant criticism and the react… https://t.co/IanM7GMHXW @RavenOnthill I think that's true but there are many ways the book (and later sequels) invert Campbell. @nathanmwilliams Right but I think anyone who understands Dune will know the ending is tragic and so DM feels ... I… https://t.co/FqxlSbhF8M @DMartinCampbell I've already started into Dune Messiah, so maybe? I think Herberts ideas are always interesting bu… https://t.co/oKDUhqVCcv @PeteHuntBKK See follow up tweets.I might go back and re-read the Dune sequels, which I don't have fond memories of. But I read those as a teenager w… https://t.co/gilJlg3lBI @beyerstein It's even funnier if you know Jon personally. Trust me.So I re-read Dune thinking I could write something about the new adaptation, which now won't be out for another yea… https://t.co/fP1anwsVgk @evefairbanks @AdamSerwer @abrahamjoseph I think we have a winner.I have mixed feelings about Borat but this Giuliani thing is like manna from heaven. https://t.co/EuDTEO6g31 @abrahamjoseph I prefer "person of Jewishness" @notjessewalker Yet the strange thing is that Jacobinghazi, like Bruenighazi, continues to shape political alliance… https://t.co/N5wAtguBW5TL;dr: Amy Barret isn't really interested in learning the original intent behind the Reconstruction amendments beca… https://t.co/BuJPME7AGoTrue story: Rudy Giuliani is an advisor to Trump on cybersecurity. https://t.co/NkX8SZvV9XExactly right As with McCarthyism, it's the mainstream that opened the door to wider conspiracy theories. https://t.co/LxjD1dqXou @FERALROBOTS Yeah, Rubin is underplayed -- and given a fictional romance with an undercover cop.7. Some more thoughts on The Trial of the Chicago 7, which is pretty decent as entertainment but not good history. https://t.co/kSXWuGYFfg6. In real life, Abbie Hoffman did a lot of trolling by attacking his namesake Judge Julius Hoffman. Abbie said the… https://t.co/LLY8zMixp05. As I've said before, the most striking thing is the actual court transcripts of Chicgo 7 trial are much, much fu… https://t.co/1VD2DKlI2T4. Having said that, the main way Sorkin deals with 1960s radicals is to sanitize and Sorkinism them. The Yippies c… https://t.co/hUIewdwpFW3. But it's that tension between Sorkin's politics and the politics of the Chicago 7 defendants (not to mention Bob… https://t.co/vaRMxVGO7p2. Sorkin is the most 1990s sensibility imaginable, a real distillation of a kind of Clintonian politics that ideal… https://t.co/sVHE7nXUVX1. Speaking of Sacha Baron Cohen, I'll confess that I was partly wrong in anticipating the worst from Sorkin's Chic… https://t.co/L6KkWH8y32Yes, reading Geoffrey Wolff's "Duke of Deception" and his brothers "This Boy's Life" back to back is a great readin… https://t.co/Nk2cCeid39 @AdamSerwer As far as I can tell, every election since 1972 has had articles arguing "are Jews becoming Republican… https://t.co/JXfVYgUtYr @ddayen It's incredible -- Hoffman got in so many funny lines about his namesake, none of which make the movie. @JackRNewhouse It's to the New York Times article where this was quoted from.This exchange between radical pacifist David Dellinger and Judge Julius Hoffman actually happened. It's way more po… https://t.co/3tKV1oK6He @PGourevitch @joshtpm Yeah, Cohen's performance really makes Hoffman sympathetic -- and Hayden comes off as a colde… https://t.co/F5ajCyccegThe thing I can't get over is the actual transcripts of the Chicago 7 trial are way wilder and funnier and more poi… https://t.co/V2vqh5wpIK @joshtpm @PGourevitch Yes, sadly. Died in 2016. @dbessner I think I've blocked that out. Also some anti-Arab stuff. It was the 1980s. Very racist period -- I was there! @MattZeitlin @dbessner All time travel stories are about the Oedipus Complex. You see this most clearly in Robert Heinlein's wok. @dbessner The movie where a white guy invents rock and roll? @TByrne75 Yeah, I think that's right.This is not the first time DHS has targeted media critical of them on twitter; they brag internally about the traff… https://t.co/9VRI0UEbtv
Retweeted by Jeet HeerOne thing that surprised me about the Sorkin Chicago 7 movie is that Abbie Hoffman came across as more sympathetic… https://t.co/tUqXNrJ55X @evankindley By any memes necessary.We are so lost. Can’t even get the simple things right. https://t.co/4wpAPOmLO6
Retweeted by Jeet Heer @DamonLinker Yes, her piece contradicts itself. That's a problem. Even here "in some instances" indicates a desires… https://t.co/2ZsRmMCWzu @DamonLinker Lepore: "In the end, the strongest argument against either criminal trials or a truth tribunal, should… https://t.co/xtFT1kw1MCA final gift from someone who has already given us so much. https://t.co/gUME6Q5EiO @DamonLinker And yet you praised Jill Lepore's argument that this stuff shouldn't be investigated by congress, by s… https://t.co/U5NQ7HUoOVThis is an argument for Biden. https://t.co/q9Ew0jofsGEvery billionaire is a policy failure. https://t.co/x05S7Vxb8hGuys, guys, if I ever to anything mortifyingly embarrassing that is being mocked far and wide I don't want any cont… https://t.co/EzVAvjB1fL
10/21
2020
@michelledean Some real opportunities for alliteration here. @MattBruenig @ebruenig Is this about Toobin? @AryehCW This is why he's so admired.Worth remembering what Trump used limited liability companies for in the past. https://t.co/Fvpi1DK3Bq @jpohhhh @gcvollrath New Age is older than thatLiterally true going back more than century. https://t.co/SlrbJ3osIlNot just Comey but nearly every Republican nominee and holdover Obama had was a disaster. Rod Rosenstein, Robert Ga… https://t.co/Zij73lp9caObama's decision to appoint Republican James Comey as FBI director ended up helping to elect Trump and giving the G… https://t.co/I9jbGWRGP8 @kenklippenstein @ryanpriest Gates wrote an entire book condemning Obama. That's not a good outcome. @notjessewalker The new civil war is getting serious. @shallowbrigade @MKupperman Where did I say "just"?As the old saying goes, "if the bum doesn't fit comfortably, then the fix was in definitely." https://t.co/9AQt1VeFba @kenklippenstein Not just Comey. All of Obama's Republican appointments or holdovers were disasters @MKupperman @shallowbrigade I love to be told that I don't understand the point that is exactly the point I made. https://t.co/kGnsmFZiCE @shallowbrigade Not my job. @mattyglesias If the GOP had moderate economic policies they could, like the British Tories, dominate politics. Tha… https://t.co/IndxWRCqtt @MineEchoChamber Right, and there's a division of labor between ordinary people (who can laugh at ridiculousness )… https://t.co/FUv6t55iVU @shallowbrigade Is that what I'm saying? @mattyglesias Dems got lucky that Trump was too lazy to follow through on most of this stuff and outsourced his policies to regular GOP.Laugher in a socially absurd situation can be punishment but it can also be the path to reconciliation: a way of ma… https://t.co/2vrGcD96kuIt's kind of amazing to see the overlap between people who are opposed to cancel culture, PC etc and those trying t… https://t.co/bDAVpkOyZfThis is an interesting point -- and perhaps illustrates the principle that in the absence of a system of justice yo… https://t.co/EpdsjuLXKE @ScottGenzink There's also mockery of the more powerful when they are shown to be doing something ridiculous. If yo… https://t.co/IpgBcAnBnS @Scaachi I wouldn't say this article is the best proof you are a disgusting pervert. @ScottGenzink Mockery can have an element of social sanction but not necessarily so --its often about the shock of… https://t.co/zWpeMugkxoThis is perhaps the best conspiracy theory of the Trump era. https://t.co/9AQt1VeFbaI think the main thing with Covid is that it has prevented any of the various anti-Biden smears from circulating ou… https://t.co/34qpVY5wPnThere's some conflation between punishment and mockery going on. There's plenty of human behavior which should not… https://t.co/coCc4VJWbN @_benpike_ it's a good litmus test, yes.Last Thursday my old family friend Alastair Brown, documentary filmmaker & bon vivant, was felled by a cancer that… https://t.co/G2DRU9LThtThis is in fact one of the deepest divides on twitter, which transcends the political divide & is more fundamental.… https://t.co/Ow3E7udZRi @gabrielwinant I feel like there should be something on migration/transnationalism @KateAronoff Did you win the lottery?Rudy Giuliani sees himself as a good person to judge other people's parenting. https://t.co/FOXrpUfaer @nhmeems @Vetarnias Kael is an interesting test case for me because I often disagree with her judgements (I mean sh… https://t.co/PSHtnNq5I1 @nhmeems @Vetarnias Kael was more dismissive of Goodfellas than she should have been but she did catch it's energy and momentum, it's "lift" @Anarchae0logist Yes, a classic.
10/20
2020

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