The Designated Mourner
The New York Review of Books
Joe Biden is the most gothic figure in American politics. He is haunted by death, not just by the private tragedies his family has endured, but by a larger and more public sense of loss.
How Biden trivializes systematic oppression and pain - a devastatingly insightful
essay by the Irish writer Fintan O’Toole
This essay on Joe Biden is incredible. It manages to capture both his appeal and his shortxomings in a really incisive and specific way.
Best, most revealing piece on
that I’ve read. The pitilessness of time: The Designated Mourner
I have rarely read as brilliant an essay on any contemporary figure as this new one from
on Joe Biden, interweaving grief, tragedy, the Kennedys, Irish America and the presidency. Take an hour of your day and absorb yourself thoroughly in it.
Best single piece of the election campaign so far, maybe
Given he is the second most likely American leader at the end of this year, there has been precious few good new profiles of Joe Biden. But this by
was excellent - on his "Gothic" history and hands on Irishness.....
is so good :The Designated Mourner
The Designated Mourner: Stunning language and analysis of
Given last night’s results, reposting this incredible article by
on Joe Biden: on his Irish-American identity, perennial presidential runs, 60ies politics nostalgia and fixation on continuing the legacy of the Kennedy family.
Biden has chosen to define himself by his Irishness. In part, this seems a reflects his identification with the Kennedys, but as
points out in this perceptive essay, Biden identifies with Irish idea of loss
for pointing me toward this essay, which now seems so prescient highlighting Biden's capacity for shared sorrow, a trait much needed by a grieving nation.
This is an incredibly good piece and this is an incredibly good sentence from the piece
"A politics of white resentment has drowned out the plaintive wail of common sorrow. The valley of tears has been annexed as a bastion of privileged white, male suffering."
Goodness, this essay on Biden by