The Sunday Magazine

Who's voting Trump? Nostalgia for Brittannia; Ad blockers are killing the internet; The poet who hates poetry

Trump voters aren't who you think they are - Michael's essay: "The party faithful knew, or thought they knew, who Trump was and what he stood for on any given day. But who the hell were his supporters? Who were these people who were voting for him in such weighty numbers?" Is the Brexit vote nostalgia for the bygone glories of the British Empire? Oxford University historian Margaret MacMillan, on the "morning after the night before" mood in Britain. If you have installed an ad block app, you are contributing to the death of the internet: Pop-ups, auto-play video, the ubiquitous miracle cures for belly fat. It's hard to escape the commercial pollution of the internet. Millions of us have turned to ad blockers, leaving publishers and advertisers scrambling for solutions. Ira Basen explores the high stakes and high-tech future of online advertising in his documentary, "Skip This Ad." A poet explains why he hates poetry — and why you probably do too: English prof, novelist and poet Ben Lerner says even great poets are doomed to fail, because they yearn for the divine which cannot possibly be grasped. His book is called, "The Hatred of Poetry". Music this week by: Sir Edward Elgar, Glenn Gould, Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, Charlie Biddle, Jesse Zubot, Rachel Gauk, Susan Hoeppner, Michel Donato and James Gelfand.

Trump voters aren't who you think they are - Michael's essay: "The party faithful knew, or thought they knew, who Trump was and what he stood for on any given day. But who the hell were his supporters? Who were these people who were voting for him in such weighty numbers?"

Is the Brexit vote nostalgia for the bygone glories of the British Empire? Oxford University historian Margaret MacMillan, on the "morning after the night before" mood in Britain.

If you have installed an ad block app, you are contributing to the death of the internet:  Pop-ups, auto-play video, the ubiquitous miracle cures for belly fat. It's hard to escape the commercial pollution of the internet.  Millions of us have turned to ad blockers, leaving publishers and advertisers scrambling for solutions. Ira Basen explores the high stakes and high-tech future of online advertising in his documentary, "Skip This Ad."

A poet explains why he hates poetry — and why you probably do too:  English prof, novelist and poet Ben Lerner says even great poets are doomed to fail, because they yearn for the divine which cannot possibly be grasped. His book is called, "The Hatred of Poetry".

Music this week by: Sir Edward Elgar, Glenn Gould, Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, Charlie Biddle, Jesse Zubot, Rachel Gauk, Susan Hoeppner, Michel Donato and James Gelfand.

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