Magazine February 10, 2014, Issue

Poor Like Whom?

Personal and literary reflections on the concept of poverty

When I was a student I lived in poverty, though I didn’t know it. The conditions in which I lived would now be regarded as abject and intolerable, good enough reason for emergency public assistance. The house in which I lived was unheated and so cold that in winter it seemed colder inside than out. I had to jump into bed quickly if I did not want to freeze, and, once I was in, I used to observe the cloud of vapor emerging from my mouth. Ice formed on the inside of the windows by morning.

I lived in bohemian squalor.

Theodore DalrympleMr. Dalrymple, a retired doctor, is a contributing editor of City Journal and The New English Review. He is the author of False Positive: A Year of Error, Omission, and Political Correctness in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

A Dangerous Deal

For nearly three decades, Iran’s ayatollahs have outfoxed and outmaneuvered Western counter-proliferation efforts. Tehran has repeatedly bested our diplomats, our spies, and, most especially, our gullible political leaders. In the ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Twain, Meeting

About ten, fifteen years ago, a phrase occurred to me: “the Sinification of music.” This refers to the ever-growing influence of Chinese musicians on Western classical music. Has this influence ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Racist Roll Call Reading Kevin D. Williamson’s article “Racism! Squirrel!” (December 31 issue) brought back fond memories of roll call when we had a substitute teacher. As the teacher got to ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

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Athwart

Arise Ye Media

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The Long View

Document Extracts

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

WORLD An edgeless bird Made of words Passes above the yard. Dense as a hoof, Skids from the roof A block of numbers, falling, striking hard. In the water tank Stirs, with a clank, A serpent, gorged on images, ...

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