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January 11 2020
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A satirical picture book, Deutschland, Deutschland Über Alles, written in 1929 by Kurt Tucholsky with a cover illustration by John Heartfield.

A 16th-century trompe l’oeil book by a painter of the German school.

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A denial too preposterous to be believed

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hating on social media those whom you otherwise adore

computer-screen-smear infection

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The interval between gun massacres that permits normalcy to creep back

cease-fire lullaby

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Yearning for the days when you used to read books

ink blindness

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The arrogant rejection of medical fact

truth inoculation

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The futility of gift-giving in an age of excess

Marie (Kondo) Condolence

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The midnight urge to watch just one more episode

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holding your nose as you cast your vote

clothesPIN election

Ben Schott is the author of Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

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