Exremely loud and incredibly close

boss_trump     hillary_clinton_by_ranan_lurie


Twitter has been having a lot of fun with Trump-style book reviews  (Those poor heights. They were wuthering. Wuthering so bad. Bigly wuthering. I’ll make them great again)


and The Guardian with Trump-style book titles (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Lesson in Debate Tactics)


But a glance at Gert’s shelves showed a lot of titles that could be used just as they are:

for Donald:

The Tax Inspector,  A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Luna-Park, My Brilliant Career, Slaughterhouse Five

for Hillary:

The Lady in the Morgue,  The Scarlet Letter,  A Proper Marriage,  The Big Ask, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

For both:

The Screwtape Letters, Fictions

For the poor unfortunate American people:

The Plague, Fury, The Grapes of Wrath, Into the Whirlwind, Voyage in the Dark, Iron in the Soul, The Unconsoled,  America Alone, and of course that classic by Gert’s favourite guru, Albert Ellis, How To Stubbornly Refuse To Make  Yourself Miserable About Anything – Yes, Anything!

What timely books have you got on your shelves?

Trump cartoon by DonkeyHotey – Boss Trump, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48139542

Clinton cartoon by  Ranan Lurie, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27937414

9 thoughts on “Exremely loud and incredibly close

  1. For Trump, ‘The Goblin Emperor’, ‘The Worm Ouroboros’, maybe ‘Volpone’. For Clinton it’s an opera that comes to mind — ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’. Must wrack my brains for more, it’s a great game, Gert!

  2. The Grapes of Wrath is what we’re going to be left with no matter who wins. It’s going to be an interesting two weeks. Can you be president if you’re in jail? In that case – Jail House Rocks??

    1. What a conundrum America is, such a great country full of ideas and energy and we end up with this circus of an election. Yes, Jail House Rock, and what about The Carnival of the Animals?

      1. As a member of the circus, I have to say, “Glad we are providing so much entertainment.” As far as I can tell, people have been trying (to the tune of many millions of dollars) to indict Hillary Clinton for something — anything — for thirty years and have never succeeded. If anyone is likely to go to jail, it’s not her. And despite Mr. Trump’s fraudulent dealings with colleges, foundations, and much else, it’s unlikely that he will go to jail either. We feel like the wedding guest in “The Ancient Mariner” who ” . . . cannot choose but hear.” We have “penance done/And penance more will do.” It seems likely that Hilaire Belloc also has something appropriate but I haven’t time at the moment to track it down.

        1. I do find it surprising that there has been so little coverage of Donald’s current and pending lawcases. Given that he’s so sure the media is rigged against him, it’s surprising there isn’t more coverage. As far as I can tell Hillary is the worst criminal in the history of crime because she was silly enough to use a private server. Much more serious than defrauding students, molesting women, not paying your bills and employing illegal labour.

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