Magazine December 18, 2017, Issue

Unwanted Advances

Judge Roy Moore speaks at the Mid-Alabama Republican Club’s Veterans Day Program in Vestavia Hills, AL., November 11, 2017. (Marvin Gentry/Reuters)

A play in six acts


The curtain rises on the bedroom of Roy and Kayla Moore. It is dark. Alabama moonlight streams in through the window. Roy Moore (seventies, white hair) and his wife Kayla (fifties, still youthful) sleep soundly.

A rustle is heard at the window. The breeze softly blows the large French windows open, and the curtains flutter in the moonlight.

The Ghost of Ted Kennedy (seventies, heavyset) floats in, and for a moment it seems to hover next to the bed, on Roy’s side. [Staging note: For adult repertory productions, a sturdy and dependable wire-and-harness rigging can be used

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Rise to Global Power

Robert Merry sets out to revive William McKinley’s middling reputation by recognizing the 25th president as the shrewd, unheralded father of the military-commercial expansionism that underwrote America’s global ...




What Does NAFTA Do? Kevin D. Williamson’s fulsome praise of NAFTA (“What NAFTA Does,” November 13) notwithstanding, the primary goal of NAFTA is to provide American manufacturers with unfettered access to ...
The Week

The Week

‐ “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggone it, women want me to feel them up while they’re sleeping on airplanes.” ‐ Roy Moore, Republican candidate in a special election ...


THE ‘F’ WORD My mother would withhold from me most news, Because my constant questions — like a plague Of locusts — flew at her, till she would lose Her patience, as I lost ...
Happy Warrior

The Bed Menace

‘Opinion: If you let boys be boys, they will murder their fathers and sleep with their mothers,” ran a tweet from the New York Times the other day.


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