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Month: November 2021

Biden Administration Imposes Travel Ban on Eight African Nations amid ‘Omicron’ Variant

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in an illustration released by the CDC in Atlanta, Ga., January 29, 2020. (Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via Reuters) Amid the discovery of the new highly infectious “Omicron” variant of the coronavirus, the Biden administration has imposed a travel ban on eight African countries. The restrictions apply to…

The Final Piece in the Beatles Puzzle

Peter Jackson’s three-part series, Get Back, shatters some persistent myths about the band’s final months. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F ifty-three years after its component parts were filmed, Get Back looks like the last major piece of historical evidence that we will get to consider in assessing the Beatles, and director Peter Jackson has done a…

Philadelphia on Pace to Break Homicide Record as Gun Violence Spirals Out of Control

A crime scene in Philadelphia, Pa., following a shooting, July 19, 2021 (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) With homicides peaking at 500 in November, Philadelphia has just reached — and is likely to exceed — its murder record, previously set in 1990. Amid the development that the city had reached this record, Mayor Jim Kenney lamented the…

Every Day Can Be Black Friday

You can save money every day without fighting over TVs. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n Black Friday, people flock to stores hours before they open in the hopes of getting a good deal on consumer electronics and Christmas gifts. Stores offer steep discounts to get people’s attention, and it works. Every year, we see videos…

The Anatomy of Merkelism

Kati Marton’s paean to the four-term chancellor overlooks the contested aspects of her legacy. The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel, by Kati Marton (William Collins, 2021), 344 pages.You’ve heard it before, that special form of hubris indulged by politicians and their spin doctors when faced with defeat. “Ours was the better case,” they…

Vonnegut Against War

A new look at “Slaughterhouse Five” examines the intersection of the writer’s personal and political lives. The Writer’s Crusade: Kurt Vonnegut and the Many Lives of Slaughterhouse Five, by Tom Roston (Abrams Press,  2021), 261 pages.Forty-five years ago, fresh off the success of his classic novels Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut wrote a…

Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Abiding Fame

Mattias Bostrom’s new book is a worthy account of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s surprising and culture shaping success. From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon, by Mattias Bostrom (The Mysterious Press, 2021), 597 pages.This is a perfect book for Sherlock Holmes fans. It is an exhaustive study…

On the Road in My Mechanical Jacobin

For all their destructive potential, cars can also provide a distinctly American freedom. As I neared the end of my freshman year of college, my sister and I started laying out plans for a weeks-long cross-country road trip. We were going to start south down the coast from Massachusetts, turn west to catch some sights…

The Separatist

November 25, 2021 6:00 AM The Pilgrims Signing the Compact, on board the Mayflower, Nov. 11th, 1620, engraving by Gauthier (Library of Congress) On Thanksgiving, take care to remember that this pilgrim republic, fearfully and wonderfully made, was made for better and higher things. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W illiam Bradford, the Pilgrim leader who organized…

The Gardener, Looking

A poem for late autumn. There — a ruby-throated hummingbird in the raspberry beebalm, like a word just now on the tip of your tongue. The square inch of air it hovers in is shirred, and when it flies, is bare. Minutes later a hummingbird moth, its wings like the froth of tiny waves. Bird…