The Corner

National Review

WFB, Khrushchev, and Khrushcheva

Nina L. Khrushcheva (Photo courtesy of Professor Khrushcheva)

In 1959, Nikita Khrushchev, the boss of the Soviet Union, was about to visit the United States, at the invitation of President Eisenhower. WFB (William F. Buckley Jr., National Review’s founder) objected to this. Indeed, he organized a protest rally at Carnegie Hall, at which he gave a soon-famous speech.

National Review also put out a bumper sticker: Khrushchev Not Welcome Here.

Flash forward to the mid ’90s. Nina Khrushcheva, Khrushchev’s granddaughter, is a grad student at Princeton. She spots one of the bumper stickers on the door of an antique shop. She asks to buy it. The owners say no. It is in a metal frame, and it is not for sale. It is a fixture of the entrance. “But if Khrushchev himself walked in,” they joked, “we would sell it to him!” Nina responded, “Well, Khrushchev is here, in a way!” They did not believe her.

She wrote an article about this amusing episode — her first-ever article. She submitted it to the New York Times. They did not accept it. But the Trenton Times did.

Later, Khrushcheva received a package in the mail: The antique shop was giving her the bumper sticker.

Flash forward again, to the early 2000s. Nina meets Bill at an event, and he, typically, invites her to come see him in his office. They have a long talk — mainly about Vladimir Nabokov, about whom Nina was writing, and who had been a friend of Bill’s, and a neighbor of his in Switzerland.

Switzerland, Bill tells Nina, is “the antechamber to heaven.”

Nina Khrushcheva talks about all this — and much more of interest — in Part II of our Q&A, here.

Most Popular

Law & the Courts

The Last Trusted Prosecutor in Washington

John Durham may be the most consequential and least known figure in Washington right now. In May, U.S. attorney general William Barr selected Durham, a longtime prosecutor with a résumé so sterling it nearly glows, to investigate the origins of the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the ... Read More
Law & the Courts

The Last Trusted Prosecutor in Washington

John Durham may be the most consequential and least known figure in Washington right now. In May, U.S. attorney general William Barr selected Durham, a longtime prosecutor with a résumé so sterling it nearly glows, to investigate the origins of the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the ... Read More
World

WHO Failed

Since its inception 72 years ago almost to the day, the World Health Organization (WHO)  has been credited with the eradication of smallpox and the near eradication of other devastating illnesses, including leprosy and river blindness. This record of success makes the current corruption of the organization ... Read More
World

WHO Failed

Since its inception 72 years ago almost to the day, the World Health Organization (WHO)  has been credited with the eradication of smallpox and the near eradication of other devastating illnesses, including leprosy and river blindness. This record of success makes the current corruption of the organization ... Read More

The Eeyore Syndrome

In A. A. Milne's classic Winne-the-Pooh children’s tales, Eeyore, the old gray donkey, is perennially pessimistic and gloomy. He always expects the worst to happen. Milne understood that Eeyore’s outbursts of depression could at first be salutatory but then become monotonous. The outlook of the pessimist ... Read More

The Eeyore Syndrome

In A. A. Milne's classic Winne-the-Pooh children’s tales, Eeyore, the old gray donkey, is perennially pessimistic and gloomy. He always expects the worst to happen. Milne understood that Eeyore’s outbursts of depression could at first be salutatory but then become monotonous. The outlook of the pessimist ... Read More
World

How to Make China Pay

One of the big questions facing the international community today is how to hold China legally and politically accountable for all its dishonesty and harm to people around the world. According to reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed to the White House that China has deliberately understated the ... Read More
World

How to Make China Pay

One of the big questions facing the international community today is how to hold China legally and politically accountable for all its dishonesty and harm to people around the world. According to reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed to the White House that China has deliberately understated the ... Read More

The Trail Leading Back to the Wuhan Labs

It is understandable that many would be wary of the notion that the origin of the coronavirus could be discovered by some documentary filmmaker who used to live in China. Matthew Tye, who creates YouTube videos, contends he has identified the source of the coronavirus — and a great deal of the information that ... Read More

The Trail Leading Back to the Wuhan Labs

It is understandable that many would be wary of the notion that the origin of the coronavirus could be discovered by some documentary filmmaker who used to live in China. Matthew Tye, who creates YouTube videos, contends he has identified the source of the coronavirus — and a great deal of the information that ... Read More
Health Care

The Experts Lied to Us about Masks

When the stakes are highest, the truth counts the most. Or maybe when things get really serious, that’s when the people really can’t be trusted with the truth. It’s pretty clear which of these two ideas is the one that has been guiding elite medical, political, and journalistic institutions, isn’t it? ... Read More
Health Care

The Experts Lied to Us about Masks

When the stakes are highest, the truth counts the most. Or maybe when things get really serious, that’s when the people really can’t be trusted with the truth. It’s pretty clear which of these two ideas is the one that has been guiding elite medical, political, and journalistic institutions, isn’t it? ... Read More