George F. Will has been a political columnist for The Washington Post for nearly half a century, longer than most Americans have been alive. His columns have appeared twice weekly across that long span, amounting to some 6,000 in all, or approximately 4.5 million words. Haven’t we heard enough from him by now? Shouldn’t the octogenarian hang up his quill and ink blotter?
Emphatically not, to judge by “American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020,” his latest anthology. The nearly 200 columns collected here confirm that Will is still a brilliant prose craftsman as well as a keen and dyspeptic political observer. Love him or loathe him, there is no one else like him.
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