On The Inevitable Lightness of Democracy’s Death Spiral

Gabriel Nathan
5 min readJan 24, 2024

It’s the New Hampshire Primary tonight so, naturally, I’m thinking about the scene in the John Waters film “Pecker” where Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci’s characters have sex inside a voting booth. This is what happens, I guess, when you’re possessed of a puerile mind, a nascent grasp of political gravitas and when you’re, of course, “full of Grace!”

The brilliant Jean Schertler (R) as Memama. You already know the gurl on the left. (YouTube screen-grab.)

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Gabriel Nathan

Gabe is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, a mental health publication. He is a suicide awareness advocate and is attracted to toxic car relationships.