Magazine | February 7, 2011, Issue



Playing with princesses, coloring pages

Inked in a magazine drawn from the ages,

Muscle and modishness meet the ideal.

Marionettes in contempt of a meal

Hang — without strings — by the strength of their gazes.

Bent in your hands, their submission amazes.

Thus they become the butt ending of envy.

Leaf upon leaf, neo-classical frenzy

Saturates, contemplates, settles, bemuses –

Solving suspiciously as it confuses.

Emeralds, peppermint-green paper forests

Accent these scenes — the lean portraits of florists.

Marionette Vodianova concedes

Russian Orthodox custom in rosary beads.

How should one value Veruschka’s expression

Shuttered in this closed photography session?

Powdered divinity candy and cushions

Cover the spreads of mid-winter editions,

Marshmallow white; for their headdress, sewn roses

Over demure or obstetrical poses.

Stunned between futures, the past and the present,

Which would you wager they find the most pleasant,

Statues descending a studio ladder?

Narrative needs little more, to forge matter.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Roots of Success

If you are looking for a comprehensive autobiography of former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, or even a comprehensive autobiography of her younger years, this is not the book for ...
Country Life

Tap, Tap, Tap

Winter is the Stasi of the animal world, stripping away privacy. Snow is a surveillance camera, tracking movement, taking notes: You have been here, and you, and you, and this ...


Politics & Policy


VOGUE Playing with princesses, coloring pages Inked in a magazine drawn from the ages, Muscle and modishness meet the ideal. Marionettes in contempt of a meal Hang — without strings — by the strength of ...

When Asterisks A***ck

It’s been a bad year for free speech so far. Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, for example, is undergoing one of its periodic Bowdler-bouts. So far the name’s unchanged, but give them ...
Politics & Policy


Objectively Socialist Kevin D. Williamson’s “Socialism Is Back” (January 24) is a very informative, delightfully written piece. But I want to dispute what may seem like a minor point: his characterization ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ The climate of Palin-hatred, on the other hand, may carry on as usual. ‐ Clarence Dupnik, 75 years old, has been sheriff of Arizona’s Pima County since 1980. When tragedy ...

Most Popular

National Security & Defense

Leave McMaster Be

About every two months, there are rumors that Gen. H. R. McMaster might be let go as Trump’s national-security adviser (along with many other stellar appointees). The world, however, is a much more logical and predictable place than it was 14 months ago. We’ve restored ties to the Gulf monarchies; Israel ... Read More
Economy & Business

What Kudlow Got Right in 2007

Lawrence Kudlow’s appointment to be director of the National Economic Council has brought out the critics, who have combed through his copious writings to find every wrong call he has made over the decades. One passage that has come in for some ridicule, though, doesn’t deserve it. Here’s Kudlow, writing ... Read More
Film & TV

Love, Simon Outs Hollywood’s Youth Exploitation

Simon (Nick Robinson), the 17-year-old white gay high-school student in Love, Simon, appears to be a comic version of the protagonist in Moonlight. Rather than blatantly copy that Oscar-winning black-gay-victim film, Love, Simon remakes the pathetic Moonlight in the more marketable guise of a sitcom about a ... Read More

Caesar salads, black-eyed peas, &c.

A story I heard about Trump reminded me of a story I once heard about Lyndon Johnson -- the two men have some traits in common. The story about Trump comes from the Wall Street Journal, to wit, In a private room in China’s Great Hall of the People in November, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sat with ... Read More

Don’t Bork Gina Haspel

President Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director is about to experience a good Borking. No one doubts her professionalism, and she’s been endorsed by Obama intelligence officials. Yet Gina Haspel’s long career at the agency, including extensive work undercover in the field, is getting blotted out by her ... Read More