Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild) had this to say about Bad Stories:
"I started reading your book hours ago and I couldn’t stop until I finished and now it’s 1:30am (dammit!). IT IS SO FUCKING GOOD. Bad Stories is among the very few things that have made sense to me when it comes to this damn election. It’s depressing as hell, but also somehow consoling too.”
Bad Stories is an effort to make sense of our historical moment. The book argues that Trumpism is a bad outcome arising directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. Using literature as a lens, Bad Stories explores our obsession with entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, and our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism. It’s the book you can pass along to anguished fellow travelers with the promise, This will help you understand what the hell happened to our country.