1.0 Begin at the end

Since the election of Trump, dystopia has taken cultural center stage. 1984 went right to the top of the best seller’s list, and The Handmaid’s Tale is still there at number five this week. But as with so much of Trumpery, this dystopian jones we seem to have developed isn’t so much a response to the president as both he and it are symptoms of the same dis-ease. That’s my take, anyway. This month I’ll elaborate on it, on why I’m putting hyphens in perfectly good words, on dystopias, apocalypses and post-apocalypses and utopias that are really just boring places in thread one of YesWeHaveNo: Interesting Times.