“The Fourth Name”

That is the title of a piece by Michael Grant, appearing at The Moderate Voice today. Here is the first paragraph:

Yes, this is personal. I am living in a time of fear of the fourth name. The fear I have, of the fourth name, is specific to me as a citizen of the United States living in a specific time and space. Young Americans, under age 40, won’t feel the dread that follows me along this summer like an undercurrent of daily living, just as I am indifferent, relatively, to political assassinations (Caesar, Ferdinand, Lincoln, Garfield) occurring before my lifetime.

Read the rest. It’s extraordinarily good writing about a subject that’s been written about so many times that it’s next to impossible to make the subject feel fresh and new. But that is exactly what he does.

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