Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

Sound and Suffering

Near Times Square in New York City in 2013 (Zoran Milich/Reuters )

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The sound that this onomatopoetic representation attempts to capture is, as you might expect, the sound of drilling. It comes from the apartment above mine, which is being renovated, but it gets rebroadcast inside my head.

Once men left home to work. Ralph Kramden drove a bus, Chester Riley riveted wings, Abe Lincoln split rails. Now in the neoliberal utopia men and women stay home and telecommute. But if home is in the city, then workers at home are subject to the noises of the city.

These are many and various. Least disruptive, surprisingly, are the sounds made by masses of people

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Lifestyle Section

Books, Arts & Manners

Books

Gun Country

David French reviews First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun, by David Harsanyi.

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Letters

Letters

One reader praises Shawn Regan’s recent article, “Consider the Dusky Gopher Frog”; another praises Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Poetry

Poetry

Panpsychism (believed in by those who know what particle physics is but are uneasy with “Big Bang” as a search term) has its limits I suspect…

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