First Ayad Akhtar: HOMELAND ELEGIES

Reading a book is something like going on a blind date: you don’t know if it’ll be a hit or a miss. It’s not you, I promise. You begin with hope.

Abundance, for some reason, did not work out.

Self is starting Homeland Elegies, which opens with a timeline which gives much prominence to various “encounters with Trump” and includes “diagnosed with syphilis” (2015).

Opening sentence:

  • My father first met Donald Trump in the early 90s, when they were both in their midforties — my father the elder by a year — and as each was coming out from under virtual financial ruin.

Well, you certainly got self’s attention, Mr. Akhbar.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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