Hillbilly Agony

Against the backlash to J.D. Vance’s book and Ron Howard’s film.

I want to take a break from politics for a moment to discuss a cultural controversy that’s largely playing out underneath the continuing headlines about Donald Trump’s challenges to the 2020 election. Let’s talk about Hillbilly Elegy and why critics seem to love to hate a movie and a book that have true and hard things to say about American life.

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