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Week of November 21, 2016

Two weeks have passed since the election and we are still feeling the aftershocks as attention shifts from the anti-Trump protests to the slow trickle of cabinet appointee announcements. The articles from the past week have highlighted our reactions to the election, as well as the political and social reality we now face as a country. These realizations should come as no surprise to the scorned champions of liberalism. As Richard Rorty noted in 1998, as quoted in David Remnick's piece linked below, "the gains of the past forty years . . . will be wiped out. . .  All the resentment which badly educated Americans feel about having their manners dictated to them by college graduates will find an outlet." Donald Trump may be that outlet, but he is by no means the avatar of the politically disenfranchised. The latter demands a peaceable reckoning, the former may defy all attempts.

Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency The New Yorker's longtime editor David Remnick follows his election week piece An American Tragedy with an inside look at President Obama's response to the election. In the President's words, "nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world."

None of the Old Rules Apply Dave Eggers takes the temperature of post-election America. I would say Trump's America, but Eggers' perspective in this piece from The Guardian shines a light on the nature of the electorate, removing some of the otherness from the conservative voter. From a gay Trump supporter in Michigan to a Confederate flag a mile from the United 93 memorial, it is clear that the American reality has changed.

Facebook fake-news writer: 'I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me' With "post-truth" named the 2016 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries and all the recent buzz about the veracity of news this election cycle, you may be wondering, who, exactly, are these smut peddlers to the politically misinformed? This week, WaPo's Caitlin Dewey takes us behind the curtain in an interview with Paul Horner, the architect of some of the most outrageous - and most shared - fake news stories of the election.

Donald Trump Demands Apology After Comments from Hamilton Cast Donald Trump failed to read the audience on Saturday when he took to Twitter to reprimand the cast of Hamilton over their post-performance address to Mike Pence. Catch the details in this Wall Street Journal post by Damian Paletta.

Means of Descent Rachel Syme of Matter Studios explores the origins and human cost of political power in this interview with Robert Caro, the prolific author of The Power Broker and biographer of Lyndon Johnson.

Week of November 14, 2016

In the week since the 2016 Presidential Election rocked America, electing Donald Trump, a political novice, over a seasoned former Secretary of State, many have taken to writing as an outlet for their frustrations, this blogger included. Responses to Trump's victory have been varied, evocative, and heartfelt. Below are five of the best articles from the past week, in case you missed it.

What the Hell Just Happened? Dave Pell, author and curator of NextDraft, untangles the 2016 election and offers his own analysis of the moment when America lost its mind.

My Journey to the Center of the Alt-Right Politico's Luke O'Brien leads us down a rabbit hole full of rare Pepes in this sobering investigative piece, first featured in the Huffington Post, on the Alt-Right and the validation of internet troll culture through the rise of Donald Trump.

An American Tragedy David Remnick, longtime editor of The New Yorker, responds to Trump's victory with a sobering postmortem of the election and an analysis of the appeal of Donald Trump.

Leslie Knope's Letter to America Parks and Recreation star Leslie Knope writes a hot chocolate-fueled consolation letter to America.

Aftermath: Sixteen Writers on Trump's America The New Yorker presents essays and responses to the election results from Toni MorrisonAtual GawandeHilary MantelJunot Diaz, and many more.