In less than thirty minutes John Oliver exposes the truth about Donald Trump, a truth that the main-stream media has been unable or unwilling to do for days and weeks and months. Thank you John Oliver.
Back in the ’90s my daughter was showing her academic strengths at High School and, to the delight of her father, also developing in sports and social relationships. But so much of her direction was being primed by her father, the English Major and book reader. The Kid went on to college, earning a double major in English and French, admirable grades and honors, and went on to graduate school to get her PhD in Comparative Literature. She now teaches film studies and various humanities courses in the English Department at a major university. Along the way the idea of concentrating in the Humanities was considered so inane that I felt I had to lend my support.
When I was in Graduate School I studied literature (17th Century Restoration Drama) and learned to program computers at night in an effort to keep food on the table. You would have thought that the combination of Alexander Pope and FORTRAN was strange but the man who hired me explained that to be a good programmer you needed to think analytically and that was the type of thinking you learned in the Humanities.
I watch very little television but on Sunday night I wouldn’t miss John Oliver and his HBO show Last Week Tonight. You have probably seen this very funny segment of last week’s show but I notice that even Rachel Maddow is re-posting it so I too want to do my part: