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Earlier this week, Jay wrote a piece about Donald Trump and the “F-word”: fascism. In response, Mark Helprin had this to say, about the 2016 presidential election: “… we are skewered on the devil’s fork of fascism lite and communism lite, both of which can change rather speedily into heavies.”
In this “Q&A,” Helprin and Jay talk about this, of course. Helprin is utterly uninhibited in expressing his disgust at the two major-party nominees. He says that we are in a time of craziness and criminality. Those two C’s are in the saddle.
At the end of the podcast, Jay brings up an artistic and literary subject, for reasons that will be plain. That subject is “Swan Lake.”
Mark Helprin is one of the best writers in the English language. “Winter’s Tale” is some people’s favorite novel. So is “A Soldier of the Great War.” So are other Helprin works. Hopelessly individualistic, and unconcerned for reputation, he simply says what he thinks is true. In this podcast, he lets slip that, once upon a time, he found Hillary Rodham Clinton “devilishly attractive.”
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