Tracking an Author

I am overdue for an update on the work and writing of Vinson Cunningham. Since I last wrote about him, he has had several new pieces appear in the New Yorker. His most recent cultural comment focuses on the politics of “looking at Barack Obama,” discussing Obama’s unique role as a visual symbol in America. Cunningham takes a pensive approach in examining the “celebrity status” and legacy that Obama has left behind. He achieved attachment among his supporters by allowing himself to be photographed during intimate and private moments. Cunningham ends the piece with an open-ended question, stating that Trump has already received the same form of attachment without the private photos. Cunningham’s quizzical tone in this article makes it interesting to follow and reflect upon.

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