Welcome to September! I’m excited to announce that this month’s article is “I Went to Disney World,” by Graeme Wood. You’re going to love it — even if you’re indifferent to the happiest place on Earth.
Featured back in July in Issue #254, “I Went to Disney World” explores the reopening of the famous amusement park in the time of the pandemic and its effect on a skeptical Canadian-American guest. Here’s my original blurb:
“I should admit,” Graeme Wood writes, “that a Disney vacation, even in pre-coronavirus conditions, sounds to me like the most elaborate way to have a miserable time yet invented by humankind.” But in this hilarious, well-written article, Mr. Wood discovers that the Magic Kingdom, despite its problems, serves as a benevolent authoritarian regime, satisfying its obedient subjects, who don’t mind the constant surveillance and the $11 corn dogs. Maybe this is better governance than what’s outside Disney’s walls? (26 min)
A staff writer at The Atlantic and a lecturer at Yale University, Mr. Wood writes about a number of topics, including foreign affairs, domestic policy, climate science, food, and sports. He is the author of The Way of the Strangers: Encounters With the Islamic State. Mr. Wood be answering our questions in a podcast episode later this month.
Are you IN? If so, here’s what to do:
Say hi, share your feelings about Disney, and announce that you’re IN in the comments.
Sign up for a discussion on Sunday, September 27 — 2-3 pm or 4-5 pm PT (via Zoom).
Coming up this month at Article Club
Sunday 9/13: We’ll share our first impressions of the article.
Sunday 9/20: We’ll listen to Mr. Wood talk about the article.
Sunday 9/27: We’ll discuss the article with fellow Article Clubbers.
Questions? Share them in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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