In Saturday’s newspaper there was a review of a new book that I suspect I will never get around to reading.
It’s not that I didn’t find the concept appealing, but more that I have a number of books at home that I have on my must read list. I won’t guesstimate the number, but let’s say I have enough to keep me busy for a year or two, or maybe more. And that is if I make those books a priority and don’t make any more visits to the library.
As I understand it from the review, Chuck Klosterman’s new book But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past posits the existence of multiple parallel universes. Leaving aside certain theological issues that might accompany that position, it explains a lot.
Today the Republican Party begins its convention in Cleveland, Ohio, to choose a presidential candidate. They will nominate Donald Trump, something that was considered ludicrous a year ago.
So I am left to consider whether Klosterman is right. Maybe somehow I have wandered into some sort of parallel universe, one where the political norms have been turned upside down. Or perhaps we have all just followed Alice down the rabbit hole. I expect very little sanity in Cleveland this week.
What I want to know most of all is, how do I get back to the universe I was in last year? I don’t belong in this one.