“Jack on Fire” is something that has been percolating in my mind for a while now. The mythology of the gunslinger in the United States cannot be underestimated. Every President since the end of the Old West has utilised this mythology in their public persona to some degree; it is a concept that is inherent to ideas of American masculinity. We are seeing the ugliest sides of American masculinity every day now. Untethered and unbound, it is a poison to those within and without. It cannot be allowed to dominate and control.
Published 17 December 2018.