Magazine April 11, 2016, Issue

Forward with Spring

(M. Durivage)

Snowdrops and crocuses flower so briefly we forget them, until next year they return, sprouting through the dead-leaf paper that is earth’s end-of-winter floor covering: dozens of bright beings, each saying Me again.

But these early bloomers are gardeners’ exotics, which first grew in Europe, Turkey, or central Asia. They are immigrants, doing jobs American wild flowers won’t do. In this part of the world, the homegrown herald of spring is the skunk cabbage.

In the country there are three kinds of roads — state roads, county roads, and roads. One of the last, named for a long-gone mill, dives down off …

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


Bush Appreciated Thanks to Jay Nordlinger for his “43 and His Theme: A Visit with George W. Bush” (March 14). It’s a shame that Bush didn’t do more, rhetorically, to defend ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Bernie Sanders’s campaign is fading, leaving his supporters red, white, and blue. ‐ It is neither a surprise nor an accident that the latest major Islamist terrorist attack to befall ...
The Long View

Final Bulletin

FINAL BULLETIN The 2016 National Review Post-Election Cruise, Official Program Thanks for signing up for the 2016 National Review Post-Election Cruise aboard Holland America’s luxurious cruise ship MS Nieuw Amsterdam. We will be ...
Politics & Policy


WOMAN AT A MOTEL WINDOW Frost from her breath on glass, Thin arteries made dark By a slow finger’s pass, Are the hand’s speech, and mark As something to be said Her waiting emptiness. She writes; behind ...


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