Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention
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"I wasn't going to read it because I'm so tired of anti-Trump shit, but I love the book, agree with everything Shields nails about this moment. It's the best summation of Trump I've come across. Such a relief to see someone get it. I was reading passages to my millennial Communist 'Trump is going to kill us all' bf, who didn't say anything, just rolled away."--Bret Easton Ellis
"Shields's most 'accessible' book and probably his best. Impossible to put down--a polyphonic bricolage that is both absolutely of this moment and deserving of a burial in a time capsule to be opened at another age. The clinical depression of our current historical circumstances is never absent from these pages, but while reading them, one does so with exultation at seeing Trump and his era so exactly skewered."--Jonathan Raban
"There's no other Trump book like this. No other book approaches the man and the situation in quite this way: the problem isn't out there; it's in us. Because it's a book for those who have a bit of trouble with the left and a ton of trouble with the right, it deserves a wide readership. I love the artfully and skillfully prismatic way it gets at the man and our collective arrival here. Shields starts with the specifics of Trump, then widens his lens, then narrows in again and again. It's almost a biography, almost a mystery, a kind of investigation, an opinion, piece, a speculation, an intervention."--Whitney Otto
"Marvelously, maddeningly compelling."--Bob Shacochis
"I love this book, which has Shields's signature: unending brilliance of juxtapositions, not to mention his nervy complicity that always makes his reading of the world a canny reading of the self. I like the psychoanalytic take, but I also like the non-literalness of it--'the media' as the mother and father from whom Trump is forever trying and failing to obtain complete love. It is indeed the manual for beating bullies we've all been waiting for."--Amitava Kumar
"As a person on whom nothing is lost, who goes on seeing after he shuts his eyes and never, ever stops thinking, Shields has experienced the age of Trump at a level that many folks couldn't bear. And thank heaven for this, because here we have a record so rich in insights, reflections, and found absurdities that it is a model for consciousness under siege in any period, not just our own."--Walter Kirn
"This is psycho-cultural criticism at its most lively and daring. Who would have thought it would be such a pleasure to read about contemporary catastrophe? Exciting and fun."--Tim Parks
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Paperback : 268 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1945796999
- ISBN-10 : 1945796995
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.67 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Thought Catalog Books (September 18, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #735,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After reading Shields's book, I am still rather stunned that I was able to survive the barrage of incoming coming at me from Shields's text. Everything from Donald Trump to Fred Trump to Martin Scorsese to Robin Quivers to Donald Trump again to Brian Williams (I couldn't tell if he liked or disliked Brian Williams but he did seem to pop up in the book a lot) to cats to poor people to Martin Amis and back to Donald Trump again. He also touched on a building at the University of Washington where he teaches called "Sieg Hall". (The building's been there for 20 years or so and yet no one has officially commented about the name. I checked the University of Washington website and there it was...Sieg Hall!)
It's clear that David Shields doesn't care for Donald Trump, but his book is sort of an explanation of how and why Trump was elected in 2016 (and might be again in 2020). There are many quotes by Trump and about Trump (sources noted in a "Citations" section at the back of the book) There's just so much other, extraneous "stuff" in the book that I couldn't separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.
Who was the "intervention" for?
But here's the thing. I'm not a reader of David Shields but he clearly appeals to readers who aren't me. And if you're one of them, then you're probably used to his...uh...writing style. And I suspect that "Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump" is a pretty good example of it, so if you're already a fan, you'll probably enjoy the book.
Actually, what comes to mind is Adorno's "Minima Moralia," driven by the command "always negate." The problem with those who "hate Trump," as Shields evokes with fierceness, rigor, and disdain, is that they conceive of negation as "He's A, we're B." Trump is all the Bad Things, we're the forces of righteousness. That sort of thinking is much, much too linear. Negation isn't that easy. Shields ACTUALLY negates; he actually subverts, which is a much trickier thing to do. He savors the true complexities of the moment. He appreciates the way in which Trump has gotten into us, under our skins; in which the enemy we've met isn't something we can easily push away, abject, claim as wholly other. Shields's book is immensely liberating for that reason. It doesn't try to have the final word. It doesn't dwell in its own self-righteousness. It doesn't play that game. It knows that such forms of negation are much, much too easy. They push away the shadow, individual and cultural. I love that Shields is writing from a place that sees all that, takes it as a given, and then says "Now what?" And keeps on going.
For me, the most eye-opening explanation for Trump offered by Shields's book is the long interpolated quotation from the writer who argues, "People underestimate the formative influence of Trump's upbringing in Queens, what it was like to be Fred Trump's son, overseeing rental properties at a time when some neighborhoods were 'good' and some were 'going bad,'" i.e., being integrated. I think that's it. I think that gets us very close to where Trump is actually coming from on race and the border question.
Just a fantastic and endlessly thought-provoking read. It's been a long time since I wanted to read a book again from page 1 the moment I turned the final page, but I can't wait to do that with this one.
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