Saturday, 28th January 2017

by Joshua Gaskell

Then he called for Peace in Vietnam, and the crowd roared and the band played Dianas as if he had made a glorious pass. Peace in Vietnam was now the property of all politicians; Peace in Vietnam was the girl who had gone to bed with a thousand different guys, but always took a bath, and so was a virgin. Hubert felt like a virgin every time he talked of Peace in Vietnam. He spoke with the innocent satisfaction of a drop of oil sliding down a scallion.

Miami and the Siege of Chicago (1968) by Normal Mailer

In Britain, until recently, when a politician wanted to feel like a virgin, he called for more apprenticeships. Now he criticises Trump. Criticising Trump is now the property of all politicians.