“One of the difficulties of being alive today is that everything is absurd but fewer and fewer things are funny.” Columnist Alexandra Petri is notorious for delivering straight-faced satire about the routine horrors of the present era. Petri joins us in conversation with Phyllis Fletcher via livestream with reassurances and impossibly cheerful essays from her new collection Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why.
She offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics that will in no way unsettle your worldview. Petri reports that the Trump administration is as competent as it is uncorrupted, white supremacy has never been less rampant, and men have been silenced for too long. The “woman card” is a powerful card to play! Q-Anon makes perfect sense! Sit in for a journey into our swampy present and a virtuosic first draft of history—a surreal and deranged parody dripping with Petri’s devastating wit that reveals a persistent, perhaps manic optimism about her benighted country.
Alexandra Petri is a Washington Post columnist offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day. Her work has also appeared in The Denver Post, The Harvard Crimson, Muck Rack, and others. Petri is the author of the book A Field Guide to Awkward Silences, and she was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 media luminary in 2018.
Phyllis Fletcher is a Senior Editor and occasional contributor for American Public Media Podcasts, a podcast network for curious listeners telling human stories. Before podcasts, she was a public radio journalist, covering Northwest news and politics. Fletcher is a founding co-producer of Salon of Shame.
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