Magazine February 20, 2017, Issue

Doctor Doom

Michael Mann on Real Time with Bill Maher in 2015 (via YouTube)
Michael Mann, climate scientist, demands that you submit

In early January, Slate columnist Eric Holthaus tweeted: “I’m starting my 11th year working on climate change, including the last 4 in daily journalism. Today I went to see a counselor about it.” Holthaus announced that he was in “despair” over climate-change inaction: “There are days where I literally can’t work. I’ll read a story & shut down for rest of the day. Not much helps besides exercise & time.” His job, he says, is “chronicling planetary suicide.”

Holthaus’s tweets, and the massive online group-therapy session that followed, would be amusing were they not so pitiful. Here is the emotional toll

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


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