Magazine | October 29, 2012, Issue

Poetry

THE BOOKS

By now, the books have almost filled their shelves

Like some slow love affair reaching its end,

When little space is left for richer selves,

And all have spent the last cent they can spend.

The volumes lined in perfect rows await

A book or two. Then they will be complete,

Standing for hard-won knowledge taken straight

And upright, serving wisdom bound and neat.

Till then, they lean on one another, covers

Touching as they inch on toward the finish.

Who would ever think of books as lovers?

Day by day, the spaces left diminish.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Truth UnPrompTed

TelePrompTers, like many of the folks who rely on them, are deceptively simple.                 Two thin panes of grey glass are clipped into place in front of the promptee, and ...
Politics & Policy

The New Tax Myth

Just in time for the 2012 election, a Congressional Research Service study has concluded, amid the usual waffles and syrup of caveats, that tax cuts retard economic growth — but ...
Politics & Policy

The Unions’ Last Stand?

Los Angeles — After the presidential election, the most consequential political contest in America this year is that over Proposition 32, a California ballot initiative that would curb union political ...
Politics & Policy

Block the Vote

Just a few days before Florida’s October deadline for registering to vote in the 2012 presidential election, authorities in Tallahassee confirmed that the state’s Democratic party and two of its ...

Features

Politics & Policy

That Obama Movie

2016: Obama’s America opened on one screen in Houston. Then it went to four screens. There were lines outside the doors. Then the movie opened in Nashville, Anchorage, Kalispell (a town ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Mormon Moses

If a magnetic, irritable, and occasionally horrifying Moses were the main character in a quite bloody western, watching it might be something like reading this new biography of Mormonism’s second ...
Politics & Policy

Grievance Class

How does one critique an entire academic discipline? For many conservative writers, it’s as simple as listing the names and topics of typical courses or papers and then counting on the ...
Politics & Policy

Flawed Genius

If Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was awaited with breathless anticipation by legions of film critics — here, finally, was a new film from the auteur behind 2007’s near-masterpiece There ...
Politics & Policy

Ambiguous Hero

There is something irresistibly conservative about Lawrence of Arabia. The film is almost Biblical in its morality and, as played by Peter O’Toole, T. E. Lawrence is very nearly the ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

What Is Happening to the Middle Class? Scott Winship’s “What ‘Lost Decade’?” (October 1) opens by misstating one of the basic findings of “The Lost Decade of the Middle Class,” a ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We don’t know why everyone is being so hard on Obama’s debate performance. He did fine. Carry on, Mr. President! ‐ Every famous political debate is coated with myth. Reagan ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

THE BOOKS By now, the books have almost filled their shelves Like some slow love affair reaching its end, When little space is left for richer selves, And all have spent the last cent ...
Happy Warrior

The Volunteer Military

If you seek an epitaph for America’s longest war, consider one bleak, pitiful sentence from an Associated Press report a few weeks ago: Kabul, Afghanistan (AP)  –  A newly recruited Afghan ...

Most Popular

Culture

Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More
Immigration

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More
U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More