Magazine | February 9, 2009, Issue

Letters

Someone HELP! this Child

I am so sad that HELP! is a casualty of your superb new format. My ten-year old son adores HELP!, and it has been a springboard for our discussions of current events for several years.

He read the table of contents for your last issue in disbelief, asked “Mom! Where’s HELP!?” and then determinedly and futilely leafed through the issue page by page before slumping, resigned, at the kitchen table. Pretty dramatic, no? This is a kid who grabs NR out of the mail pile before I even know it’s there.

If there is no hope for HELP! then alas, we shall have to adapt to Change.

Susan Gibbs de San Martin

Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

The Editors Reply: Can’t you just give him Burke instead?

Looking Good

The first thing I noticed about your January 26 issue was the new design. It’s very clean and airy. I like it very much. It’s a nice platform for the great artwork you often run, but it doesn’t detract from your editorial content. I also like the way the section heads and icons break out of the rules. Even a “Burkean” change makes a big difference.

Your staff did a great job. As an old magazine art director myself, I know how hard it is to do a redesign, especially of an established “brand” (sorry, I’ve had too many marketing guys in my past) like National Review.

Roger Dowd

Goshen, N.Y.

Loyal Republicans

In Conrad Black’s review of H. W. Brands’s book on Franklin D. Roosevelt (“The Old New Deal,” December 15), Black states that in the Spanish Civil War “most Americans favored the Spanish Republicans, but most American Roman Catholics . . . supported the Spanish Loyalists.”

In fact, Republicans and Loyalists were one and the same; both terms were used for supporters of the left-wing Spanish government. Franco’s supporters were called the Nationalists.

M. Lester O’Shea

Walnut Creek, Calif.

Members of the National Review editorial and operational teams are included under the umbrella “NR Staff.”

In This Issue

Articles

Features

Politics & Policy

Slow Boat to China

‘I’m sure they told you about the change in the schedule?” the chipper, bearded master of the Hanjin Miami asked me as the 90,000-ton container ship eased effortlessly away from ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Into the Abyss

Emerson and the New England Transcendentalists loftily professed to know nothing much about evil, that hoary idea from the childhood of the race. But a noted contemporary of the “Frog-Pondians” ...
Politics & Policy

Uprisings

Story matters. By rights, this winter’s anti-Nazi double feature, Valkyrie and Defiance — in which the Wehrmacht’s officer class and Belarus’s Jews, respectively, take up arms against Hitler’s Germany — ...
The Straggler

Chance of a Ghost

I was somewhat surprised recently to be told by a friend that she had had a “reading” done. I didn’t grasp her meaning immediately. The Church of Scientology came first ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Someone HELP! this Child I am so sad that HELP! is a casualty of your superb new format. My ten-year old son adores HELP!, and it has been a springboard for ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Lincoln, on the other hand, did not have Shakira. ‐ There is so much patriotism on the left, anno Obama, that they might now own more flags than Che shirts. ...
The Long View

Memorandum

April 20, 2009 TO: All Huffington Post (paid) contributors FROM: Arianna RE: The Olbermann accident & a medical & mental-health benefits clarification Dear Team: I’m writing this to you on board Bob Pittman’s G5, so ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS Near sundown, on a day in early spring, A sudden radiance in a shadowed street. Soft, breathing trees — the airy spheres of foliage Take on a tender valedictory light. I ...

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Culture

What We’ve Learned about Jussie Smollett

It’s been a few weeks since March 26, when all charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and the actor declared that his version of events had been proven correct. How’s that going? Smollett’s celebrity defenders have gone quiet. His publicists and lawyers are dodging reporters. The @StandwithJussie ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Lessons of the Mueller Probe

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Elections

Kamala Harris Runs for Queen

I’m going to let you in on a secret about the 2020 presidential contest: Unless unforeseen circumstances lead to a true wave election, the legislative stakes will be extremely low. The odds are heavily stacked against Democrats’ retaking the Senate, and that means that even if a Democrat wins the White House, ... Read More
World

Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?

What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s election, and the “yellow vests” protests in France? What drives the growing estrangement of southern and eastern Europe from the European Union establishment? What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections and ... Read More
Energy & Environment

The Climate Trap for Democrats

The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same. Polls show that the public is worried about climate change, but that doesn’t mean that it is any more ready to bear any burden or pay any price to combat it. If President Donald Trump claws his way to victory again in Pennsylvania and the ... Read More
White House

Sarah Sanders to Resign at End of June

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Politics & Policy

But Why Is Guatemala Hungry?

I really, really don’t want to be on the “Nicolas Kristof Wrote Something Dumb” beat, but, Jiminy Cricket! Kristof has taken a trip to Guatemala, with a young woman from Arizona State University in tow. “My annual win-a-trip journey,” he writes. Reporting from Guatemala, he discovers that many ... Read More