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The soothsayer’s tale: how Margaret Atwood became the unofficial writer of the anti-Trump resistance

Now 78, Atwood has acquired near-symbolic status: somewhere between a soothsayer, a standard-bearer, an internet celebrity, and a diagnostician of the body politic

By Andrew Dickson   June 2018

Illustration by Tim McDonagh © Sarah pinsker

When the American comedian Michelle Wolf launched her blitzkrieg on the Trump administration at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April, few emerged unscathed, least of all the president. But Wolf made a special target of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, sitting a few seats away from her on stage. “I have to say I’m a little star-struck: I loved you as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale,” Wolf cooed, to the sound of hundreds of journalists holding…

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