Sep 30, 2016

What to read this weekend: recommendations from the bunker

What we're reading this weekend: the alt-right and Trump, the making of George Christensen, the love of a Bulldogs fan, normalising Hitler, astrological game-changer, the epidemic of loneliness and life on the ground in Syria.

Crikey long reads
Josh Taylor, journalist "The grand tapestry of Pepe" by P.J. Vogt and Alex Goldman for Reply All
"How did a cartoon frog become the icon for the alt-right and Donald Trump?"
Sophie Benjamin, engagement editor "George Christensen on poverty, priesthood and a flirtation with One Nation" by Joshua Robertson in The Guardian
"Twice, like his political ally Tony Abbott before him, Christensen seriously contemplated becoming a priest. "At 21, he was accepted into a seminary in Melbourne but withdrew after a couple of weeks. "'It’s probably going to be controversial [but] one thing I can say is that there were some blokes you immediately identified as gay and I think there is that element that do go there but then there are other people in there who you were quite sure they weren’t gay,' he observes."
Cass Knowlton, editor "In 'Hitler', an ascent from 'dunderhead' to demagogue" by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times

"Mr. Ullrich sets out to strip away the mythology that Hitler created around himself in 'Mein Kampf,' and he also tries to look at this 'mysterious, calamitous figure' not as a monster or madman, but as a human being with 'undeniable talents and obviously deep-seated psychological complexes.'

"'In a sense,' he says in an introduction, 'Hitler will be "normalized" -- although this will not make him seem more "normal." If anything, he will emerge as even more horrific.'"

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