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    Heavy Hitters at NYRB Weigh In on Nov. 4

    Calling it a “Fateful Election,” The New York Review of Books has corralled its bench of heady contributors to opine, as only NYRB All-Stars can, about Transformative Tuesday. The range of voices is ideologically united but temperamentally distinct. Joan Didion does her mannered, elliptical thing: “We had kept talking about how different it was, but it wasn’t.” Ron Dworkin uses the Supreme Court as his lens; Frances FitzGerald focuses on Sarah Palin’s faith as a “habit of mind.” With Russell Baker, Garry Wills, and a bunch of others, it’s a rich collage of thoughtful and sometimes desperate intellectuals who are ready to move somewhere (although they don’t know where) should Nate Silver be wrong next week.

    Read it at The New York Review of Books