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Human Parts

The Audacity of Hopelessness

Jonathan Franzen and the fraught politics of resignation

Photo: Viara Mileva/Getty Images

“When the world is running down,
You make the best of what’s still around.”
— The Police

WeWe live in interesting times. That’s not proverbial. Climate change, far right extremism, neighboring countries on the verge of nuclear confrontation. For the collector of causes, there’s an embarrassment…

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Shya Scanlon

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Shya Scanlon is the author of Forecast and Guild of Saint Cooper. Follow him on Twitter @shyascanlon