On Romance and Being in a Constant State of Alarm
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On Romance and Being in a Constant State of Alarm
There is something thrilling about living at the end of the world.
Published on: Sep 29, 2020  |  

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Alarmism had already set in before the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Since then, warnings of "fascist coups" and "Reichstag fires" have proliferated. It's as if there was a desire—a need—to be in a constant state of alarm. There is something thrilling about living at the end of the world.

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