The culture section usually gets to be its own little island, miles from the controversies erupting on the news and opinion pages. Here, we celebrate art and film, television, theater, pop culture, poetry and the Secret Jewish History of whatever happens to be going on in the world. But on November 8 of this year, all that changed with the election of Donald Trump. For this special section “Writing Trump’s America,” which we will be presenting from now until the end of December, I have asked a great many of our favorite writers and artists to share their visions, their fears and yes, even their hopes, for their future. Over the course of the next weeks, we will be sharing their contributions. The responses range from the horrified to the playful, the grief-stricken to the sardonic. But they are all joined by one overall belief — that, now more than ever, the arts must and will continue to flourish.
Visit Writing Trump’s America to see what writers and artists have to say, as they contribute throughout December.
Adam Langer is the Forward’s culture editor. Born and raised in Chicago, he now lives in New York. He has written plays, films, criticism and a memoir, but most of the time, he writes novels.
He is the author of the novels “Crossing California,” “The Washington Story,” “Ellington Boulevard,” “The Thieves of Manhattan” and “The Salinger Contract” as well as the memoir “My Father’s Bonus March.”