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Whatever it is, you feel it in your shoulder muscles, in your gut. It’s not the usual anxiety, the strain we’ve absorbed into our DNA since Sept. 11. (Since Watergate? Since Antietam?) Hit from all sides by surreality — swamped by outrage and mystery and irony and hypocrisy — we have moved on to fatalism.

Nuclear war with North Korea? The chances are “increasing every day,” says the president’s national security adviser. Conflict and climax are the only options in a reality-TV world in which the president of the United States reportedly watches four hours of cable news a day, at least. In that kind of routine, everything is always BREAKING.

2017 was a year of both resignation and resistance, of special counsels and witch hunts, of flint striking steel. You thought America was either restored or remanded. It was a year that, in hindsight, will mark either the start of something or the end of something. Eventually we’ll look back and say, “We should’ve seen it coming then.”

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Clockwise from top left: The Women’s March on Washington; Sen.-elect Doug Jones; Jordan Horowitz, producer of “La La Land,” shows the envelope revealing “Moonlight” as the true winner of best picture at the Oscars; Harvey Weinstein; people in the District watch the solar eclipse; Daniel Kaluuya “Get Out.” (Clockwise from top left: Amanda Voisard for The Washington Post; John Bazemore/Associated Press; Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press; Robyn Beck/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images; Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post; Universal Pictures)

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