Magazine | October 1, 2012, Issue

Poetry

STAR BRIGHT

Each soul is the last of its kind,

the last of the Mohicans,

the singular Tom Jones of the time,

the everyman of fable, legend,

and history.

Whatever comes into the world,

however changed

by the life lived and dreamed,

when that life is no more,

whatever yet remains

exists for all time

within the illumination

of having ever lived.

To find the individuation

of experience and understanding

diminished by the eternity before,

and the endless days

of each death thereafter,

is untrue to life,

the gift of ever having lived,

the soul of creation

affirmed and reaffirmed

in each separate way of being.

We live, and die,

within our anecdotes and idiosyncrasies.

Each moment is an only one,

as is each identity;

plot its course, if you like,

distinct from any wisdom

of community,

singular, not solitary,

celestial, and star bright.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Risky Choice

Watching the Democratic convention in Charlotte, at least in the hours before the networks started covering it, one might have gotten the impression that the chief threat to the common ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Obama’s Truth

More than any Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama in his writings and speeches has worked out an impressive interpretation of American history that culminates in modern liberalism. It ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Know the Terrain

Some 70 years ago, the Dutch-American geopolitical writer Nicholas Spykman observed that “geography is the most fundamental factor in foreign policy because it is the most permanent.” The physical setting ...
Politics & Policy

Out of the Gulag

North Korea’s continued existence is a blot on the consciences of the United States and other Free World nations. It is indeed “hell on earth,” as Melanie Kirkpatrick’s new book ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

On Recess Appointments Ramesh Ponnuru’s “Obama vs. the Constitution” (September 10) is absolutely appropriate for consideration by intelligent voters come November 6. However, I believe he was imprecise in describing the ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Reading the papers, it looks like Republicans are running the most lowdown, dishonest campaign since the last time they won. ‐ In his speech to the Democratic convention, President Obama ...
Athwart

Political Science

The president of the United States can’t figure out an iPhone. Millions of Americans use iPhones every day, but when confronted with this elemental, intuitive device, he stabbed it with ...
The Long View

Memorandum

TO: Polling staff FROM: Stats department RE: New polling questions To All: As you know, it’s “silly season” in our business, and if there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that whatever poll ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

STAR BRIGHT Each soul is the last of its kind, the last of the Mohicans, the singular Tom Jones of the time, the everyman of fable, legend, and history. Whatever comes into the world, however changed by the ...

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Making Sense of the Iran Chaos

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U.S.

In Defense of Coleman Hughes

Picture the scene: A young man walks into a congressional hearing to offer witness testimony. His grandfather was barbarically brutalized by people who are now long dead. The nation in which he resides built its wealth of his grandfather’s brutalization. The question: Should his fellow citizens pay the young ... Read More
Education

College Leaders Should Learn from Oberlin

Thanks to their social-justice warrior mindset, the leaders of Oberlin College have caused an Ohio jury to hit it with $44 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a case where the school couldn't resist the urge to side with its “woke” students against a local business. College leaders should learn ... Read More
Elections

Joe and the Segs

Joe Biden has stepped in it, good and deep. Biden, if he has any hope of ever being elected president, will be dependent on residual goodwill among African Americans from his time as Barack Obama’s loyal and deferential vice president — so deferential, in fact, that he stood aside for Herself in 2016 even ... Read More
Film & TV

Toy Story 4: A National Anthem

The Toy Story franchise is the closest thing we have to an undisputed national anthem, a popular belief that celebrates what we think we all stand for — cooperation, ingenuity, and simple values, such as perpetual hope. This fact of our infantile, desensitized culture became apparent back in 2010 when I took a ... Read More