Magazine | July 5, 2010, Issue



Let me compose love as a Romance,

lying with you . . .

upon moon white sheets

and window pane shadows.

No more than an eager prisoner here,

desire’s fearful captive,

you strive beyond this mortal reach.

Strive — as glorious Leda long before,

when the great Olympian god came down in animal grace

to taste mere human form,

leaving behind eternal poetry

in her every limb caressed.

Strive! even now

to fool your god.

Put on his power

with each painfully fragile act

I must perform for you.

In This Issue


Politics & Policy


Readers of this fortnightly would not be surprised to hear someone say, “The stimulus failed.” Most would probably nod in agreement. But they might be surprised to learn that the ...
Politics & Policy

Progress Pains

How bad is the violence in Mexico? According to a Time report, “Frustration with the government’s inability to protect the citizenry against crime long ago reached the boiling point.” Actually, that ...
Politics & Policy

Give Freely

Earlier this year, Thomas Perrin of the James Madison Institute visited the office of Florida state representative Greg Evers. As he pressed a copy of his think tank’s latest report ...
Politics & Policy

Your Money Back

Is Ron Paul’s suggestion that the Federal Reserve be eliminated a “fringe position,” as Josh Barro suggested in the last edition of National Review (“Mend the Fed,” June 21)? It depends ...


Politics & Policy

Turkey Turns

With the “peace flotilla” effort to break Israel’s blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza, the global Islamist project — a self-acclaimed “grand jihad” to destroy the West — has achieved its greatest ...
Politics & Policy

It’s Complicated

The public’s support for vigorous financial regulation is a wake-up call for conservatives who imagined that the tea party signaled the triumph of conservative ideas. Much as with health-care reform, ...
Politics & Policy

Preferred Risk

A seemingly endless parade of British lizards, winsome cavemen, and good neighbors populates our TV screens. They tell us how much money we could save by switching insurance companies. Here’s ...

Books, Arts & Manners

City Desk

Twilight of the Idols

Celebrities are people you know even though you don’t know them.         We know our family, friends, and colleagues. We know of the officers of movements we belong to, and performers ...
Politics & Policy

His Own Drum

Christopher Hitchens is truly sui generis: a popular television pundit, a raconteur par excellence, an unpredictable analyst of contemporary politics, a foreign reporter who has hit almost every hot spot ...
Politics & Policy

Free Association

Somali taxi drivers at the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport come up twice in New Threats to Freedom, a lively but uneven collection of 30 essays assembled by HarperCollins executive editor ...
Politics & Policy

An Opera Apart

Fort Worth, Texas — Fort Worth, they say, is “Where the West Begins.” And residents of this city like to joke that nearby Dallas is “Where the East Peters Out.” ...


Happy Warrior

Non-Suicidal Tendencies

The other day, noting Bret Stephens’s analysis in Commentary as to why Iran cannot be contained, Jonah Goldberg made a very shrewd throwaway aside: “Arguments like this tend to get ...
Politics & Policy


Cuban Racial Demography Duncan Currie’s article “Spare Not the Stick,” which appears in the June 7 issue, claims that Cuba is “a country that has been majority-black since the 1960s.” In ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We con’t care what they say about him, Al Gore is still boring. ‐ Mitch Daniels, the Republican governor of Indiana, says that the next president — some conservatives hope ...
The Long View

The Long View

Dear Rusty, Can I come stay with you, just for a couple of weeks, while I figure out where I’m going to live? Yeah, I know this is awkward. And I know ...
Politics & Policy


LEDA AGAIN Let me compose love as a Romance, lying with you . . . upon moon white sheets and window pane shadows. No more than an eager prisoner here, desire’s fearful captive, you strive beyond this ...

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