Magazine December 19, 2016, Issue

Drops from a Niagara

Beyoncé lip-synchs the national anthem during President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, January 21, 2013. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Editor’s Note: National Review Books is now publishing Digging In: Further Collected Writings of Jay Nordlinger. To order the book, go to What follows is a version of the book’s preface.

In my years as a writer and editor, I’ve titled thousands of pieces — and blog posts and a few books. I have a rule, at least in my head: No titles that are subject to multiple interpretations. I think titles ought to be straightforward and clear in their meaning. I don’t like those cleverish titles that “work” on several “levels.”

And here I’ve gone and titled a collection “Digging

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In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


MOVING Worn chairs with no seats cluster where A mirror gives back a dull stare At memories of other times. As leather books are losing rhymes, They tumble from a cardboard box Where fossils hide, within ...
Politics & Policy


American Interests and Obligations Mr. Nordlinger raises a legitimate question as to the extent to which Americans should be prepared to commit military resources, i.e., American lives, in furtherance of our ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Say what you will about Twitter, it’s an improvement over Josh Earnest. ‐ President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Alabama senator Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general. Sessions is ...


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