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Rewatching Dwight Schrute in the Age of Proud Boys

‘The Office’ used to be a way to self-soothe. Not so in 2020.

Photo illustration; Sources (Getty Images): NBC; Martin Ruegner

My brother and I loved watching The Office together in high school. We loved to talk like Dwight: authoritative and snooty and weird. We wanted a Dwight in our own future workplaces — a lovable weirdo, equal parts annoying, well-meaning, and disturbing. We loved how Dwight was…



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Sarah Rosenthal

Sarah Rosenthal is a Nonfiction Writing MFA candidate at Columbia University. Her work can be found at LitHub, Electric Lit, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.