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I just caught up on the Sunday strips for the past few months; still brilliant, still funny, still relevant. Thanks for, literally, a lifetime of enjoyment. I started reading in 1973 when I was 10, as Doonesbury was light years ahead of the other comics of the day in terms of the only metric that mattered then, funny. I write now to recommend a book you may find meaningful. David Deutsch's The Beginning of Infinity. Any attempt on my part to summarize this work will fail, but here is David Albert's review in the NY Times Book Review from 2011.
It's hard to imagine the present Mr. Trump being as articulate as he is in this week's series of Classic 1990 strips. Brain rot.
Re Trump's golf game, the portrayal in Sunday's strip is supported by this 2017 Sports Illustrated article. "Trump will sometimes respond to a shot he duffed by simply playing a second ball and carrying on as if the first shot never happened. In the parlance of the game, Trump takes floating mulligans, usually more than one during a round. Because of them it is impossible to say what he has actually shot on any given day, according to 18 people who have teed it up with Trump over the last decade, including SI senior writer Michael Bamberger, who has done so nine times."
The Vanity Fair article from 1990 was a fabulous read!
I am a big fan of the comic; I think it is almost always on point, funny, acute and truthful. But today's strip feels like a big mistake. As is often the case, you manage to include multiple jokes simultaneously, but in this case, the punchlines are punching in the wrong direction. One joke is "Ha ha, we men need to get a notarized letter these days to be in the clear, amirite!", while the truth is that it is still, perversely, far harder for an accuser to be taken seriously than an accused. Another joke is "Ha ha, the women are supposedly reassuring Mike, but actually, they are insulting him for not being manly (enough to be a sexual abuser)!" Which seems to me to be saying that men who would never sexually abuse women are laughable, are poor excuses for men. Additionally, the comic enables (though perhaps not reinforces) the trope of the nerdy guy as being deserving of nothing other than pity and laughs for doing what he can to get access to women. (See "The Adorkable Misogyny of 'The Big Bang Theory.'")
I just want to thank Mr. Trudeau for his insightful comments/comics on the issues of the day. I'm a long-time reader, and I'm delighted that the genius behind Doonesbury continues to thrive. Long may your pen reign!
Even the landscape painting in the Oval Office is suffering from Trump's coal mining and oil drilling.
I appreciate your comic strip and the message you send. Sometimes I laugh out loud, and other times I shake my head wondering how long it will take to fix the damage Trump has done. Sometimes you just make me think, which is good. Keep up the excellent work.
In a comment on today's strip made on the GoComics Doonesbury page, reader Kim Metzger points out that the final panel ("I saw what happened to Art Buchwald!") refers to a lawsuit that the satirist was involved in with Paramount Pictures over the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America. You can read about it here.