Magazine November 7, 2016, Issue

‘Tear Down This Big, Beautiful Wall’

We were sitting outside a Chicago hotel, waiting for the Uber. This was the modern world in all its glory; the proud towers of this bustling and bankrupt city rising above, a glass-clad slab in my hand summoning a private ride to the airport. America has its problems, sure — but from here it looks pretty darn Great already.

Daughter: Did you get my book from the hotel room?

Me, in my head: Pretty sure I didn’t. Out loud: What is it?

The Cold War book for school! I have to have it!

Me: We have to go to the airport! What do you

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


Looking the Other Way on Abortion Jay Nordlinger’s article “No More Baby” (September 26) concludes that we are a “deeply hypocritical society” because we won’t admit that killing a newborn baby is ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Bob Dylan is to literature as Barack Obama is to peace. ‐ “How is that not classified?” That was the stunned reaction of Clinton confidante Huma Abedin upon learning that ...
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