TAYLOR SHERIDAN, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Hell or High Water, explains his movie's parallels with today’s ugly America, and offers thoughts on why a President Trump may have been not just possible, but inevitable.
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A veteran journalist, producer and blogger, Michael Eric Ross is a contributor to The Swamp, an online journal of political commentary, and a periodic contributor to TheWrap, a major source of entertainment news and analysis. He writes from Los Angeles on the arts, politics, race and ethnicity, and pop culture. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he's worked as a reporter, editor and critic at several newspapers and websites, including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, MSN, Current and NBCNews.com. He was formerly an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, PopMatters, Salon, The Root, seattlepi.com, NPR.com, theGrio, BuzzFeed, Medium and other publications. Author of the novel Flagpole Days (2003); and essay collections Interesting Times (2004) and American Bandwidth (2009), he contributed to the anthologies MultiAmerica (edited by Ishmael Reed, 1997) and Soul Food (2000).