Here's another snappy catchphrase for the rest of us: “Duck and cover"by Sam Leith / September 12, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in October 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Are we all still here? I write in optimism, because there’s nothing that dents a magazine’s circulation and a columnist’s potential readership like the world having been bombed into a patchwork of greenly luminescent basketball pitches. And at the time of writing that is the route down which we seem to be heading. Or so excitable headlines—and the excitable communiqués on which those headlines are based—seem to suggest.
“Fire and fury” is what the 45th President of the United States of America promised, in a press conference sally against the leadership of North Korea. “North Korea… best not make any more threats to the US. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Leaving aside the hair-raising geopolitical/diplomatic/game-theoretical—or, as you might call them, “kaboomy”—implications, one has to admire a catchy turn of phrase delivered off the cuff.