Is Biden Showing Shades of Trump?


“It was the longest day of the year, and the Irish Sea had a metallic tint. The waves were tiny but insistent, like uncooperative children.” That’s a passage from D.T. Max’s recent profile of the writer Colm Toibin in The New Yorker. (Thanks to Irma Wolfson of Irvine, Calif., for nominating it.)

Toibin’s new novel, “The Magician,” about the writer Thomas Mann, was reviewed recently in The Times by Jay Parini, who had this to say about the book’s protagonist: “What he dreamed about, mostly, was handsome young men. To say Mann was closeted is an understatement. His homoeroticism had many mansions, and he roamed their corridors in his dreams with impunity.” (Nancy Trout, West Hartford, Conn.)

Here’s Jason Gay, in The Wall Street Journal, on the Russian tennis champion Daniil Medvedev: “A 6-foot-6 collection of arms, legs and wondrously unorthodox strokes, Medvedev swinging away on the baseline can look like someone at a picnic batting away flies.” (Jane Jones, Winchester, Mass.)

In The Boston Globe, Scot Lehigh checked in on the efforts of Mike Lindell, the My Pillow founder and Donald Trump comforter, to sell Trump’s corrupt-election lie and noted that Lindell “made himself a laughingstock by hosting a three-day symposium that even his own experts conceded established exactly nothing. Nothing, that is, beyond this axiom: You can take a pillow of impressionable foam from beneath a nutty noggin, but you can’t remove the fluffy foam from inside a pixilated pitchman’s kooky cranium.” (Len Coppola, Gilford, N.H.)

George Will, in The Washington Post, is a reliable lode of glittering prose, such as this: “New technologies — cable television, the internet, social media — produce a blitzkrieg of words, written and spoken. The spoken words are often shouted by overheated individuals who evidently believe that the lungs are the seat of wisdom.” (Stella Deacon, Toronto)

In The Times, Binyamin Applebaum summed up a certain subset of capitalists this way: “For now, the people using Bitcoin are basically a bunch of cosplay libertarians participating in a game of make-believe on the playgrounds of the nanny state.” (Bruce Falstein, Santa Barbara, Calif., among others.)

Bret Stephens wrote: “It’s no accident that Trump’s favorite outlet was Twitter: The medium is perfect for people who think in spasms, speak in grunts, emote with insults and salute with hashtags.” (Susan Preston, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Vicki Shaw, Spring Grove, Pa., among others.)

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