The Corner



Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone. Hope it has been a good one. Yesterday, I had a tale in my Impromptus column. I had been to Harvard, to conduct a couple of interviews, and I waxed nostalgic.

In Widener Library, there are bag-checkers — people checking your bags on your way out. Ages ago, there was this bag-checker who, frankly, was pretty gruff. Man of about 65, I would say. One day, Saint Patrick’s Day, I had a nice exchange with him. He was wearing a kelly-green jacket. I complimented him on it. He said that his late wife had given it to him. His eyes filled with tears.

On Saint Patrick’s Day, I can’t help thinking of Ed and Margie Capano. Ed is our former publisher. Every March 17, he and his wife, Margie, would hold a little celebration at a pub here in Manhattan. Don’t be entirely fooled by “Capano” — his mother was a Kennedy. And Margie’s maiden name was Gallagher.

Do you know what Dolly, in Hello, Dolly!, says? Everyone thinks she’s a classic yenta. But she introduces herself very clearly as “Dolly Levi, born Gallagher.” She also dances a jig in the show and says “me darlin’s.”

Finally, I give you “Danny Boy” — one of the finest songs ever thought of, sung by our finest singer of that song today: a man with an Italian last name like Ed’s, Matthew Polenzani. Go here. Great voice, great singer, great guy.

So, get your green on.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

An Enduring Error

Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared in City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission. Fifty-one years ago, in July 1967, in response to an explosion of rioting in poor black urban neighborhoods around the United States, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory ... Read More

The Mournful, Magnificent Sally Mann

‘Does the earth remember?" The infinitely gifted photographer Sally Mann asks this question in the catalogue of her great retrospective at the National Gallery in Washington. On view there is her series of Civil War battlefield landscapes, among the most ravishing works of art from the early 2000s. Once sites ... Read More
Economy & Business

How the Constitution Limits State Taxes

Must a company have a physical presence in a state for that state to require it to collect taxes? The Supreme Court is considering that question, which has grown more important as online sales have taken off. The Competitive Enterprise Institute has submitted an excellent brief arguing that the answer is yes, at ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Pompeo Deserves Confirmation

Mike Pompeo is qualified to be secretary of state. There is no doubt about that. He is competent — as director of the CIA, he has managed a complex organization deftly, winning the respect of intelligence professionals otherwise not favorably inclined to President Trump. He is experienced — in an ... Read More