He wants that happy ending for the country that we once wanted for GN’R.

As I write, my birthplace of Columbus, Ohio, is on fire, as protests of the State-sanctioned murder of George Floyd have turned violent. It’s the same flat Midwestern landscape that shaped Rose, a place of untidy contradictions—of Reagan-inspired tax brackets and unexpected generosity, of crunchy college-town liberals and frat-boy malcontents. It’s wher…

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