Magazine March 23, 2009, Issue

Duty Dance

Cars squeeze into any space as they try to get though Time Square in New York City, November 30, 2004. (Seth Wenig/Reuters)

Although it is not full day, the day has begun. The sun is up, life stirs. The Watchers line the way. None of us can remember a time when they were not here, and they will be here long after we have gone. Men and women, young and old, they share a task, and their task is to watch. It is an obligation the Watchers must not fail, for the Law has decreed it.

What is this? King Solomon’s Mines? The Jungle Book? The Fellowship of the Ring? No — it is New York car owners coping with alternate-side parking.

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Rocky Ride

The Republicans’ fall from power in Colorado — and how the Democrats hope to replicate it.

Books, Arts & Manners


The Week

The Week

President Obama announced his plan to withdraw from Iraq. It’s noticeably more reasonable than his rhetoric from the campaign.


The Latest

The Wuhan Lab Cover-Up

The Wuhan Lab Cover-Up

It's now certain that the U.S. government misled the public about the kind of research that the U.S. taxpayers were indirectly funding in China.