Magazine January 22, 2018, Issue

Village Christmas

The tree at Rockefeller Center, New York City. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

Living a half-life in the country for 18 years has changed my life in the city. I spend weekends driving to the gas station and the dump, the pileated woodpecker shouts cuck cuck cuck, skunks leave their love notes by our bedroom. In the beloved city I try to keep eyes away from small screens and ears budless, to catch it all, but all is bound by rounds of work, gym, lunch. “Why don’t we walk there?” is seldom heard. “There” has also become less interesting, a vista of drug stores and kid-clothes chains (or am I just old?). In …

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Hugging Is Not Compulsory The Week is my favorite part of National Review. I love the quippy, quick way of bringing news and humor. With that said, I was aghast at ...
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‐ Harry Reid’s Pentagon UFO study comes as no surprise — those Democrats will fund anything that involves aliens. ‐ Protests have erupted across Iran. From the country’s relatively modern cities ...
Poetry

Poetry

IMITATION FROM THE CHINESE Ten thousand projects, Bitter tasks set; Five, ten, twenty . . . The years fly. No end to it. And the heart tires With no place to light; So much remorse, Barren regret. No end to ...

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