Magazine November 23, 2009, Issue

Driveway Drama

(Joshua Lott/Reuters)

So many things to know; so many points of view; so many disagreements, so many mishaps. Compared with home ownership, politics is a breeze.

We are waiting for the driveway people to show up — the firm, I mean, that seals the surface of the driveway with a black rubberizing liquid. This is a 40-yard driveway, running alongside the house, street to detached garage out back. We’ve been waiting several days for the work crew. The job is weather-dependent, and the weather’s been erratic. The firm is juggling schedules and weather forecasts — we understand. The crew actually did show up

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


China Alone?

When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, by Martin Jacques (Penguin, 576 pp., $29.95)
Film & TV

Dark and Wild

This is a film about childhood that can be appreciated by pretentious, nitpicky grown-ups, it will find its fiercest fans among the Maxes of the world




‘Would it not be easier,” wrote Bertolt Brecht after the East German uprising in 1953, “for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?”