Magazine | April 2, 2012, Issue

Poetry

WHAT’S REALLY WRONG

Admit it: what disturbs you isn’t flaws

within the grand design, not that or this

ironic fealty to effect and cause

within the cosmic lottery. Dismiss

the phony, brief, and adolescent shock

at guns in terra pacis, torrential rain

leveling every last cultivated block –

phlegmatic and dispassionate. The pain

of dull prevention is your sorrow’s source.

By that which reputations circumvent

facile degeneration on its course,

along with sag and setback and descent,

observe brute effort. Read it. Read and weep.

  Admit it. Flip the page. Go back to sleep.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Past The Pump

Driven by new technologies and discoveries — and by rising global demand — America’s recoverable reserves of crude oil are soaring. And U.S. oil production would be soaring, too, were ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Saving Sovereignty

American progressives from Woodrow Wilson and John Dewey to Barack Obama and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have long expressed dissatisfaction with what they see as the constraints of an outmoded 18th-century ...
Politics & Policy

Worth a Kingdom

The English don’t mind if their king has a mistress provided she is what they call “a good sort.” This can mean English, a daughter of the people, and happy-go-lucky, ...

Sections

Happy Warrior

Bringing It Home

A year or two back, I started using the city of Bangalore as an all-purpose shorthand for emerging economies. If you’ve heard me on air or in person, you’ll know ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

A War in Photos Reading John Derbyshire’s story “O Valiant Hearts” (March 5) on the significance of his father’s picture with Private David Seaton, I was reminded of a picture from ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Newt Gingrich has a flair for the dramatic, except when the stage directions read “Exit stage right.” ‐ Many Republicans have bought the Democratic/media line that the administration’s attack on ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

WHAT’S REALLY WRONG Admit it: what disturbs you isn’t flaws within the grand design, not that or this ironic fealty to effect and cause within the cosmic lottery. Dismiss the phony, brief, and adolescent shock at ...

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Liberalism as Faith

The British philosopher John Gray is not someone to shy away from ‘difficult’ topics. If you are looking for a provocative long read this weekend, his new article in the Times Literary Supplement ought to be a contender. I didn’t agree with all of it (for example, I would argue that the supposedly ... Read More
Culture

Our Cultural Crisis: A Kirkian Response

Editors’ note: The following article is adapted from a speech the author delivered at the Heritage Foundation on March 14, 2018. Few would dispute that we are in the middle of a grave cultural crisis. A despairing conservative critic wrote: “We are on the road to cultural disaster.” He placed the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

An Enduring Error

Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared in City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission. Fifty-one years ago, in July 1967, in response to an explosion of rioting in poor black urban neighborhoods around the United States, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory ... Read More
Culture

The Mournful, Magnificent Sally Mann

‘Does the earth remember?" The infinitely gifted photographer Sally Mann asks this question in the catalogue of her great retrospective at the National Gallery in Washington. On view there is her series of Civil War battlefield landscapes, among the most ravishing works of art from the early 2000s. Once sites ... Read More
U.S.

James Comey’s Inadvertent Admission

The good folks at the Republican National Committee awaken and realize that perhaps former FBI agents make more compelling critics of James Comey than, say, Maxine Waters. Yesterday afternoon brought the first excerpts of James Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty, and we were expected to run around in ... Read More