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Look At It How You Like, Every Angle Is Terrible

Some of you people, through no fault of your own, are Americans of voting age. Try this thought experiment: A Rilkean angel with a heart of starfire and eternal hurricane wings bursts like an expanding universe in your living room. You’re about to perish from its stronger existence, when it thunders in a Mount Rushmore voice, “Vote for...!” Yes? Which candidate does the angel suggest, Ralph Nader or Dave Barry?


The “stronger existence” bit is a reference to the first of Rilke’s Duino Elegies, which also mentions that “Ein jeder Engel is schrecklich” (every single angel is terrible).

give me a clue so sweet and true

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