Shattered reinforced glass and debris litter the East steps in the US Capitol. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA, courtesy the Guardian
“Our ability to fear something and, at the same time, assume it will never occur is one aspect of human nature that seems particularly ill-suited to our continued wellbeing and survival,” writes Distinguished Writer in Residence Francine Prose in the Guardian
. “During the assault on the Capitol, as I listened to the panic and horror in the voices of the journalists who, until now, had reported on Donald Trump with something closer to detached disapproval, I wondered: is this what it takes to finally make them understand who this man is—and what he wants for our country? What did they think he meant when he tweeted about the gathering planned for 6 January: ‘Be there. It will be wild.’” Francine Prose is distinguished writer in residence at Bard College.