Magazine November 11, 2013, Issue

Letters

NR on the Prairie

Yesterday, my wife, a fan since childhood of the Little House on the Prairie series, visited the home of its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in rural Mansfield in the Missouri Ozarks. The home is preserved exactly as it was the day Mrs. Wilder died in 1957, right down to the books on the bookshelves and the magazines on the chairside lamp table beside the easy chair next to the fireplace. The most prominently displayed magazine was National Review, which looked to be from the 1950s.

Being a reader of National Review since 1980 or so, I found this interesting, and thought you might also.

Charles O’Farrell

Springfield, Mo.

 

The Din of Dinner

I enjoyed Richard Brookhiser’s article,“The Rest Is Silence,” in the October 14 issue. It reminded me of a conversation a friend and I had after trying to find a restaurant where we could not only eat but hold a conversation — something that is becoming more and more difficult to find. She mentioned reading recently that the loud music levels and the lack of sound insulation were part of a plan to keep patrons moving through the establishment — the less conversation, the more quickly people finish eating and the next group can be seated. I have no idea if it is really part of a plan, but it makes sense for the restaurant owners. I continue to watch for nice places in the mid-price range where a group of friends can enjoy a meal together while visiting.

Marlene Rowland

Jefferson City, Mo.

 

Corrections

“The Cuccinelli Comeback” (Jim Geraghty, September 30) asserted that E. W. Jackson won Virginia’s lieutenant-governor nomination in a six-way race. In fact, there were seven candidates in the primary: Jackson, Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, Scott Lingamfelter, Steve Martin, Corey Stewart, Susan Stimpson, and Pete Snyder.

In the Letters section of the October 14 issue, Ras Smith wrote in response to Jim Talent’s “The Army You Haven’t” (September 16) that there are four, not three, military services in the U.S. “The United States Coast Guard is considered a military service only in times of combat,” Smith wrote. Actually, 14 USC § 1 establishes the Coast Guard as a “military service and a branch of the armed forces of the United States at all times.” The other four military services — the Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Air Force — fall under the Department of Defense at all times, whereas the United States Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime and under the Department of Navy during wartime or at the president’s discretion. Let it be known that there are five active-duty military services, and we’re grateful for all of them.

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In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Entitled

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Politics & Policy

Games with Orson

Almost halfway through Ender’s Game, the 1985 science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, a pair of siblings try to manipulate global opinion by posting polemics “on the nets” — Card’s ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Film: Miles Above

I am in the minority among film critics in coming away a little disappointed from the movies of Alfonso Cuarón. Before his new one, Gravity, the Mexican-born director made only ...
Politics & Policy

A Lesser God

Despite the impressive bulk of this new book about the author of The Catcher in the Rye and several of the past century’s most enduring short stories, there is an ...
Politics & Policy

Making Republics

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Letters

NR on the Prairie Yesterday, my wife, a fan since childhood of the Little House on the Prairie series, visited the home of its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in rural Mansfield ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

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Politics & Policy

System Failure

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Athwart

Born Under a Bad Site

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The Long View

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Poetry

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Happy Warrior

Sex at Sunset

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White House

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Five Thoughts on the George Floyd Story

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Economy & Business

Boiling Over

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The Spread of the Debt Virus

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Thomas Abt’s book Bleeding Out (2019) has garnered a fair amount of attention for its proposals to deal with gun violence in mainly black urban neighborhoods. The entire focus of the book is on interventions in high-crime locations to stem the violence, including: hot-spots policing, working with young males at ... Read More