Magazine | April 16, 2012, Issue

Poetry

LEAR IN FLORIDA

Lear had no grandchildren to aggrandize

him, fondle him with kisses, no photos kept

in a drawer, to convince him he’s alive:

time slices, filial fawning, thin as thought.

What denouement but fall into default

on a limited income of forced love

in a world where torment is the leaden rule

and dog eats dog and push dumbs down to shove.

In times as perilous, pitiless as these,

why shouldn’t an old man run wild, insane,

without a hovel near to hide his head

against assessments and the hurricane?

A fallen world like that of frantic Lear

in Florida who rode his wheelchair out

off a balcony. The condo swept him up

so quick he never even left a blot.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Polygamy, Too

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Features

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Working-Class Wonk

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Books, Arts & Manners

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Bread and Circuses

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Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Missing the Point and Loving It In response to John J. Miller’s article “Friends of the Lorax” (March 19), I must say enthusiastically that I love The Lorax. Now, I don’t ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We knew Obama would go negative in this campaign. We didn’t expect that his first target would be Rutherford B. Hayes. ‐ The fatal encounter of George Zimmerman and Trayvon ...
Athwart

Progressively Profane

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The Long View

Memorandum

TO: All CNN staff, DOMESTIC ONLY FROM:  Editorial Policy Committee RE:  New racial classifications as of March 2012 To All Producers, Writers, and On-Air Talent: As you know, the recent events in Florida have ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

LEAR IN FLORIDA Lear had no grandchildren to aggrandize him, fondle him with kisses, no photos kept in a drawer, to convince him he’s alive: time slices, filial fawning, thin as thought. What denouement but ...
Happy Warrior

Exodus

As far as the media were concerned, the murder of Jewish schoolchildren in Toulouse and a black teenager in Florida were the same story — literally: Angry white male opens ...

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White House

Trump vs. the ‘Policy Community’

When it comes to Russia, I am with what Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman calls the American “policy community.” Vindman, of course, is one of the House Democrats’ star impeachment witnesses. His haughtiness in proclaiming the policy community and his membership in it grates, throughout his 340-page ... Read More
Law & the Courts

DACA’s Day in Court

When President Obama unilaterally changed immigration policy after repeatedly and correctly insisting that he lacked the constitutional power to do it, he said that congressional inaction had forced his hand. In the case of his first major unilateral move — “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” which ... Read More
Books

A Preposterous Review

A   Georgetown University professor named Charles King has reviewed my new book The Case for Nationalism for Foreign Affairs, and his review is a train wreck. It is worth dwelling on, not only because the review contains most of the lines of attack against my book, but because it is extraordinarily shoddy and ... Read More