127 hoursGail Collins

After the midterm elections it is easy to draw parallels between many things in pop culture and politics. She likens the movie “127 Hours” about a real-life hiker who was forced to amputate his arm after being stuck in the desert to American politics; the cruise ship that is adrift to America itself. David Kennedy of Stanford University likened America today to the Gilded Age, and Collins says this fits, as the media was fragmented then and it produced some of the most sensationalist headlines. She says she is waiting for the next Teddy Roosevelt to ride to our rescue.

Collins is a New York Times columnist.

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