Magazine | October 17, 2011, Issue

Poetry

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Time is not worn,

O lady with the Rolex on your wrist.

It wears us from the time we’re born

And when we’re gone its tickings still exist.

Your show of wealth

But shows how costly manacled you are

To what corrosive in its stealth

Eats flesh and star.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

A Comedian Rises

Newport News, Va. — Something interesting happened this morning, says Felonious Munk. Don Imus mentioned him on television. Munk’s father heard about it, and he said to his son, “You’re ...
Politics & Policy

Pothole Pragmatism

Richmond, Va. —  Elsewhere, in swing states such as Wisconsin and Ohio, Republican governors are under siege. Union heavies have swarmed capitol rotundas, schoolteachers are marching in the streets, and ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Reluctant Dragon

Over the past few decades, an increasing number of scholars have come to interpret Western history less as a linear progression and more as a periodic cycle punctuated by crises, ...
Politics & Policy

Lawyers without Borders

In the early 1950s, serious conservatives warned of an impending world government. In proposed U.N. human-rights treaties, they saw a device for supplanting the American Constitution and gradually imposing socialism ...
City Desk

Take Care

You can write about hospitals all the time, since they will take us all in the end. Hospitals are institutions, with their own history and demography. The ground floors of the ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

The Light Bulb Goes On Your October 3 issue includes a special section on innovation, with nine pages of text. All of it is vigorous, trenchant, and thought-provoking, but also unnecessary, ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐  The good news: At long last, Saudi women can vote. The bad news: They’ll have to show a valid driver’s license. ‐ Gov. Rick Perry is falling in the polls ...
The Long View

Stimulus II

In anticipation of the Obama administration’s plan for a second stimulus package, some ideas to restore and rebuild our nation’s crumbling and outdated infrastructure. Please add your own in the space ...
Athwart

Mad Cow Disuse

Britain’s main export now consists of stories about a people cowed by dunderheaded bureaucrats or political correctness: A shopkeeper’s fined for selling a Miss Piggy doll within three miles of ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

ADVERTISEMENT Time is not worn, O lady with the Rolex on your wrist. It wears us from the time we’re born And when we’re gone its tickings still exist. Your show of wealth But shows how ...
Happy Warrior

Lethal Leisure

In 1853 or thereabouts, Czar Nicholas I described Turkey as the sick man of Europe. A century and a half later, Turkey is increasingly the strong man of the Middle ...

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Worst Cover-Up of All Time

President Donald Trump may be guilty of many things, but a cover-up in the Mueller probe isn’t one of them. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, attempting to appease forces in the Democratic party eager for impeachment, is accusing him of one, with all the familiar Watergate connotations. The charge is strange, ... Read More
World

Theresa May: A Political Obituary

On Friday, Theresa May, perhaps the worst Conservative prime minister in recent history, announced her resignation outside of number 10 Downing Street. She will step down effective June 7. “I have done my best,” she insisted. “I have done everything I can. . . . I believe it was right to persevere even ... Read More
PC Culture

TV Before PC

Affixing one’s glance to the rear-view mirror is usually as ill-advised as staring at one’s own reflection. Still, what a delight it was on Wednesday to see a fresh rendition of “Those Were the Days,” from All in the Family, a show I haven’t watched for nearly 40 years. This time it was Woody Harrelson ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Democrats’ Other Class War

There is a class war going on inside the Democratic party. Consider these two cris de couer: Writing in the New York Times under the headline “America’s Cities Are Unlivable — Blame Wealthy Liberals,” Farhad Manjoo argues that rich progressives have, through their political domination of cities such as ... Read More
Culture

The Deepfake of Nancy Pelosi

You’ve almost made it to a three-day weekend! Making the click-through worthwhile: A quick note about how National Review needs your help, concerns about “deepfakes” of Nancy Pelosi, one of the most cringe-inducing radio interviews of all time, some news about where to find me and the book in the near ... Read More