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We're only two weeks into 2018 but it's impossible to talk about books in the new year without hearing three words: fire and fury.
The book is a searing deep dive into Donald Trump's presidency as seen from Trump's own White House staff, most notably Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon (who, since the publication of Fire and Fury, has been disavowed by the Trump campaign and ousted from Breitbart News) and former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh.
But whether Wolff is dragging his subjects, like when Michael Wolff tries to explain a theory of why Donald Trump might try to court Vladimir Putin:
or roasting Donald Trump's hair
one thing becomes abundantly clear about Fire and Fury: nothing and no one is safe from a Michael Wolff's shady, shady pen.
This week on the MashReads Podcast, we chat about Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. Join us in the episode above as we chat about what this book says about the Donald Trump presidency, how do we separate fact vs. fiction in this book given Michael Wolff's somewhat dubious fact-checking methods, and what to make of the president's response to Fire and Fury.
And as always, we close the show with recommendations:
Peter recommends The Mighty Boosh, a BBC Three comedy. "It's just the weirdest and most surreal show, that's slightly problematic sometimes. All that said, though, it's a delightful show because it has my two favorite comedians: Rich Fulture and Matt Berry. It's fun. It's on Hulu."
Heather recommends "The Liars Club" by Mary Karr. "Mary Karr is perfect, she's never made a mistake, much like Michael Wolff. This published in '96 or '97, and it kicked off the era of memoir writing. This was like the original good memoir."
MJ recommends author Matt De La Peña's essay for Time "Why We Shouldn't Shield Children From Darkness." "The essay is just so movign about how we need to support children through darkness and the incredible, heartbreaking moments that he's expereicend when he's gotten to see a child expressing true emotion and grappling with that." He also recommends RnB singer Jessie Reyez. "Her songs just got me all up in my feelings."