Two TV Shows
Orange leader. Dominance and narcissism and corruption and bullshit and lies. Families breaking up. The claim of making the world great masking a business empire.
See Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. It’s riveting.
And I can’t help but feel like, in a way, all of America just joined Scientology. (Not literally, of course.)
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The Man in the High Castle has long been my favorite Philip K. Dick novel, and one of my favorite novels ever.
(My Mom pushed it on me when I was a teenager. I’ve been a Dickhead ever since.)
In it, the Germans and Japanese won the second World War (or did they?) and America is split up and occupied — by the Japanese empire on the west and the Reich to the east.
I’m five episodes into the TV show. It doesn’t faithfully track the novel — it’s much more of a thriller than I remember from the book. Which is fine: the novel is a novel, and the TV show is a TV show.
And I can hardly pull myself away, not least because it also speaks to the current moment.