Magazine | March 22, 2010, Issue

Poetry

AFTER READING THE JOURNALS OF GEORGE FOX

They told me, “We’re quite busy here.”

I told him, “Stay away from me.”

I lay awake. I watched the wind

Unwind the branches of a tree.

I passed exams, unpacked and packed,

Ordered and cancelled. Time went by

Like a foreign-language broadcast. Then

I saw a river in the sky.

Clear as the air but bright as ice,

It let the sun through to the wheat.

It rippled like a flare of song.

It pounded like a runner’s feet.

Down here, a form rocked in the surf.

A sidewalk stain was dirty red.

I saw the miracle reversed,

And what had been alive was dead.

And yet the flood of light above

Only swelled stronger, like a storm

Of joy, a conquest of delight,

A dream there was no waking from.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Rowing Upstream

In the wake of Barack Obama’s 2008 election, John Judis of The New Republic declared that the country had completed a Democratic realignment — that American politics had fundamentally shifted ...
Politics & Policy

Color by Numbers

Among the few Americans who have heard of Chester Alan Arthur, his main accomplishment as president is generally considered to be civil-service reform. The Pendleton Act (1883), adopted at Arthur’s ...
Politics & Policy

Zoned Out

Great Falls, Mont. – They could barely have looked worse. An out-of-towner from Missoula, the “progressive” enclave of Montana, sang the praises of his large-scale marijuana grow operation. A “patient” swayed ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Enemy Within

Future biographers of Martin Scorsese will find themselves reckoning with two distinct periods in his filmmaking: the De Niro epoch and the DiCaprio era. In the first 25 years of ...
The Straggler

No Hiding Place

My breakfast-time reading matter of choice, the New York Post, has regular stories about long-separated friends, lovers, and family members who find one another via Google. Here’s one: “High School ...
Politics & Policy

Teach for America

In recent years, two conservative ideas about education have gone mainstream, capturing the imaginations of reformers across the political spectrum. The first is “accountability” for raising students’ test scores, enforced ...
Politics & Policy

Saving Lincoln

Although it’s set a century and a half ago, this thriller by veteran NR writer and first-time novelist John J. Miller deals with a problem that still bedevils us today: ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Zinnful America I was struck by the aggrieved tone of Roger Kimball’s article on Howard Zinn (“Professor of Contempt,” February 22). I came across A People’s History of the United States a ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ If only Rahm Emanuel could fire the president. ‐ Indiana governor Mitch Daniels now says he is “open” to seeking the Republican presidential nomination, a change from his previous position. ...
The Long View

Last Week’s Twitterstream

From @therealharryreid: Excited about t2day’s Health Care Summit. Really think we’ll get Repubs to cave. #lookingood4HCR From @itspronouncedbayner: Excited about t2day’s Health Care Summit. Really think we’ll get Dems to cave. ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

AFTER READING THE JOURNALS OF GEORGE FOX They told me, “We’re quite busy here.” I told him, “Stay away from me.” I lay awake. I watched the wind Unwind the branches of a tree. I ...
Country Life

Leviathan Swallows a Toaster

Recently, in yet another example of the reforming zeal that swept Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger into office, California’s Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair was merged with the Bureau of Home ...

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U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More