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

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 ...
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 ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

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 ...
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 ...

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Obama administration’s plan for a second stimulus package, some ideas to restore and rebuild our nation’s crumbling and outdated infrastructure.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 ...

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White House

Rachel Maddow’s Turnberry Tale

To a certain kind of Rachel Maddow viewer, there are few more titillating preludes to a news segment than the one she delivered Monday: “If you have not seen it yet, you are going to want to sit down.” Maddow’s story began, as many of her stories do, with President Trump, this time focused on his hotel ... Read More
Elections

Thin the Herd Further, DNC

There’s an old joke often expressed well into banquets and conferences, where a speaker says, “We’re at the point where everything that needs to be said has been said, but not everyone has said it.” We’re already at that point with the Democratic primary debates. Tonight was a three-hour ordeal, and ... Read More