Magazine May 20, 2013, Issue

The Tribes of Post-America

Tom Wolfe (Little, Brown)
Back to Blood, by Tom Wolfe (Little, Brown, 720 pp., $30)

Tom Wolfe long ago declared a preference for the great, teeming, socially panoramic novels of the 19th century — in which a plot of ambition and scandal brings together a rich variety of characters from the overclass, the underclass, and the classes in between — over the novel of internal reflection and exquisite sensibility where what little happens is of great significance for a particular examined life. This preference for Dickens over Virginia Woolf, so to speak, or for Trollope over Henry James, is a very scandalous one, because it is probably shared by most readers. That more or less

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In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

American Dawa

Deep-blue, multi-culti Boston is the latest target of jihadist terror. The spree began on April 15, when terrorists remotely detonated two improvised explosive devices near the finish line of the ...
Politics & Policy

George W. Bush Day

Dallas, Texas – They’re streaming onto the grounds of Southern Methodist University, at 7:30 in the morning. They’re dressed in their Sunday best, too — even though it’s Thursday. They, we, ...

Features

Politics & Policy

The Rubio Amnesty

When Mitt Romney lost last November, the Republican establishment decided that his moderately hawkish stance on immigration had been a major cause of his defeat. Never mind that his share ...
Politics & Policy

iPencil

Everybody knows the first words spoken on a telephone call — Alexander Graham Bell’s simple demand “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.” April marked the 40th anniversary ...
Politics & Policy

Faith and Family

Following heavy losses in the same-sex-marriage fight, traditionalists are anxious. “Conservatives have been routed, both in court and increasingly in the court of public opinion,” writes Rod Dreher in an ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

Happy Warrior

Jihad Abhors a Vacuum

Post-9/11, we in the omniscient pundit class were all Afghan experts. Post-Boston, we are all Chechen experts. Strictly between us, I can count what I know about Chechens on one leg. ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Explaining the Gulf According to Kevin A. Hassett in his April 22 column, a “gulf has emerged” between the academic achievements of boys and girls — women now earn 57 percent ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ New line of attack on Ted Cruz: He doesn’t act like the other senators. New slogan for Cruz campaign: See above. ‐ A Washington Post/ABC poll taken the week before ...
Athwart

Let Us Rage Together

The Sanctioned F-Bomb finally appeared in the wake of the Boston bombings. Speaking at a televised baseball game, Red Sox player Big Papi said, “This is our [bleepin’] city.” The ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

Koan Practice On one hand, what Is it not? But on one hand it Isn’t everything. The beer I do not drink With the friend I have never met In the café that doesn’t ...

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