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The Political Optimism of ‘Parks and Rec’ Would Not Survive In This World

The much-beloved NBC sitcom was hailed for its rosy vision of government. Now, it returns to a world where the bad people are in charge.

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It seems ludicrous, looking back, that we ever believed life could work like Parks and Recreation. The NBC…




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Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.

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