Magazine | June 21, 2010, Issue


He was not a brawler, or vain,

But came up in a time and class

Where a youth of exceptional beauty

Had to prove himself — man to man –

Time and again. Nearsightedness

Made him half-blind; so at fourteen

He went stumbling to the optician

Who ground him his first pair of spectacles.

Amazed by the view, he walked the streets

’Til dark, taken by leaves, pebbles, and stars,

Then the grin of a bully who demanded:

Drop the “frog-eyes” or he’d die laughing!

And in that fight, the first thing broken

Was the miraculous invention

Of wire and glass that let him see

The world and the cost of clear vision –

Ground to dust in the streets of the old city.

In This Issue


Politics & Policy

Use What You Got

It’s not news that Americans have a deep-seated fear of efforts by the state to register and document the citizenry. During the 1996 immigration debate, open-borders activists lobbied Congress with ...
Politics & Policy


Oslo, Norway – Lech Walesa sits in the Grand Hotel, here in the Norwegian capital: This is the hotel in which Nobel peace laureates traditionally stay, when they pick up their ...


Politics & Policy

Talking Cures

Republicans are campaigning this year on a pledge to repeal Obamacare — and who can blame them? The Democrats are slathering another layer of bureaucracy onto the medical sector, an ...
Politics & Policy

Mend the Fed

Last month, delegates to Maine’s state Republican convention junked the party’s proposed platform in favor of one promoted by tea-party activists. While a majority of its planks are unremarkable conservative ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Will and Grace

The too-brief life of the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been the subject of much film and literary interest in recent years, and Eric Metaxas’s insightful biography of ...
The Straggler

Follow the Fleet

Fleet Week! For a few days, the rather distinctly unmilitary inhabitants of New York City find that in hurrying from one commercial deal to another, one fashion show to another, ...
Politics & Policy

Islamism Resurgent

The very notion of a Muslim America might seem preposterous, downright laughable, but there are people and forces identifiably working towards that end. “Islamism” is the term that describes the ...


Politics & Policy


Taking the Supply Side Why is Kevin D. Williamson caving in to parochial calculations by accountant economists of the revenue effects of tax cuts (“Goodbye Supply-Side,” May 3)? Has he no idea ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ If that unpaid advisory job is still open, we hear Arlen Specter is available. ‐ The explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico April 20 ...
The Long View

Presidential Daily Briefing

All Hail the Great and Powerful, Merciful and Magnificent! Blessings on He Who Commands the Earth and the Seas and the Heavens! 1. “Deep Horizon” Oil Platform Leak Obviously, sir, the people still ...
Politics & Policy


He was not a brawler, or vain, But came up in a time and class Where a youth of exceptional beauty Had to prove himself — man to man – Time and again. Nearsightedness Made ...
Happy Warrior

Judenhass in the Med

It was one of those stories people followed at airports and railway stations — not exactly 9/11 or the death of the Princess of Wales, but not a routine story ...

Most Popular


White Cats and Black Swans

Making a film of Cats is a bold endeavor — it is a musical with no real plot, based on T. S. Eliot’s idea of child-appropriate poems, and old Tom was a strange cat indeed. Casting Idris Elba as the criminal cat Macavity seems almost inevitable — he has always made a great gangster — but I think there was ... Read More
Health Care

The Puzzling Problem of Vaping

San Francisco -- A 29-story office building at 123 Mission Street illustrates the policy puzzles that fester because of these facts: For centuries, tobacco has been a widely used, legal consumer good that does serious and often lethal harm when used as it is intended to be used. And its harmfulness has been a ... Read More
Politics & Policy

May I See Your ID?

Identity is big these days, and probably all days: racial identity, ethnic identity, political identity, etc. Tribalism. It seems to be baked into the human cake. Only the consciously, persistently religious, or spiritual, transcend it, I suppose. (“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor ... Read More

Wolf Warrior II Tells Us a Lot about China

The Chinese economy is taking a big hit as a result of the trade war with the U.S: A leading export indicator has fallen several months in a row, Chinese companies postponed campus recruitment, and auto and housing sales dropped. A number of U.S. manufacturers are moving production outside of China. So ... Read More