Magazine: The Straggler

Desperate but Not Serious

‘In Berlin the situation is serious but not desperate; in Vienna, the situation is desperate but not serious.” This quip was heard around Central Europe in the closing days of ...

O Valiant Hearts

Here is a story from World War II. The place is the island of Crete; the date, May 1941. The Wehrmacht was busily occupying Greece. The British expeditionary force in ...

The Higher Silliness

The first thing I saw on entering the atrium of the Guggenheim was a horse suspended in a sling ten feet above the ground. The sling went under the belly ...

Words, Words, Words

  The launching of a conservative weekly journal of opinion in a country widely assumed to be a bastion of conservatism at first glance looks like a work of supererogation, rather ...

Catalog Shopper

We do ever more of our shopping online, I am told. The printed book is facing extinction, I am also told. The U.S. Postal Service is in dire straits, I ...

A Glimpse of Hell

I — ’ave — marched — six — weeks in ’Ell an’ certify It — is — not — fire — devils, dark, or anything, But boots — boots — boots — ...

Ex Libris

Miss Straggler, just graduated from high school and with time on her hands, came home the other day with two boxes of secondhand books on the back seat of the ...

A Walk in Caria

It is always fun to gather first impressions of a foreign country. Turkey is, John O’Sullivan had explained to me, “upper-tier Third World.” That seems about right. The Third World–itude ...

Tumbled the Towers

Winter conducted a fighting retreat this year, one last storm bringing down our cable service. That left us without TV, Internet, or house phones. When we signed up for this ...