Thursday, November 16, 2017

Glad news of Masha Gessen

Buried somewhat beneath reports
of a bawdy spree at the auction 
brothels for da Vinci - beneath,
even, pixels of our President's
delight in being petted abroad -
was news from New York overnight
that Masha Gessen has won the
National Book Award for her re-
markably intimate portrayal of
the restoration of totalitarian
rule in its native land. In a
season of much remembrance of
the birth of that governing sys-
tem, some of it noted here, the
state of its resurgence famous-
ly eludes the White House, we
would rather say, than seduces
it. We have reason only to pass
along the information. The prize
it deserves is in our politics.

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