Magazine January 28, 2019, Issue

The House of Memes

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Washington, D.C., January 3, 2019 (Joshua Roberts/REUTERS)

She’s a maniac, maniac, on the floor!
And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before!

I’m breaking my own rule in writing this column. Because as soon as everyone started referring to freshman New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by her initials “AOC,” I swore to myself I wouldn’t write about her.

Initials have become a thing with progressive lady icons. There’s the “Notorious R.B.G.,” a play on ’90s gangster-rap martyr Notorious B.I.G., whose persona (and person) stand at some mathematical maximum distance from Justice Ginsburg’s; and, more recently, House Democratic-caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries’s announcement as he rose to nominate “Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi” for

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Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

Letters

Letters

Readers respond to Kevin Williamson’s thoughts on wearing a suit to work and Graham Hillard’s essay on naming churches.
The Week

The Week

Planned Parenthood mistreats its pregnant employees? You should see what they do to their pregnant customers.
Poetry

Poetry

“A perfect candidate for Miss Morbidity, I often wake at 4 a.m. to hear the hiss of life evaporating from the lake…”

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