Speaking of tools of cultural defiance, in past periods of political drift and relative stability you could at least make an argument for retreating from the news space in order to write a book or think about pretty things. Right now, with Donald Trump in the presidency and the unprecedented unfolding of scandal and chaos in the federal government, it’s hard to think of much else. It raises the question, frankly, of duty: those of us with expressive ability, with special knowledge, with access to media, we more or less have to do more than just speak up. We have to consider changing our lives: seizing positions of responsibility, public office. We have to think of reorienting our lives toward a decade or more of struggle to reclaim all that may be lost over the next few years.
Finishing School is actually a relevant tool in the political struggle as well as the creative struggle. It’s a kind of getting-things-done method for the rest of us.