The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 6, June

Bookshelves of the Vanities; Tom Wolfe, Jackie O. and Other Literati Lavishly Raise Millions for the New York Public Library. So Why Don't They Care That the Neighborhood Branches Are Dying?
Tom Wolfe, Jackie O, and other literati lavishly raise millions for the New York Public Library. So why don't they care that the neighborhood branches are dying? his winter, a New Yorker writer paid a visit to the modest St. Agnes branch of the New...
Cliffhanging; How the Consummate Counsel Came to Need a Lawyer
In the drawing rooms of Georgetown, the conversations now take a particularly predictable path. How sad, how terribly sad, the hostesses say, almost in unison, as their guests nod and cluck. After such a distinguished career, how could Clark Clifford...
Hack in the USSR; Taking Dictation, Clipping Kissinger's Columns, Feigning Allegiance, and Other Noble Pursuits of One of Gorbachev's Ace Reporters
Taking dictation, clipping Kissinger's columns, feigning allegiance, and other noble pursuits of one of Gorbacbev's ace reporters he editor shook his head in disappointment. "No, it won't work. We are not in the business of writing diaries here. The...
Lethal Weapon; When Thousands Die in High-Speed Police Chases, Who Do We Really Need Protecting From?
It was Saturday night in a suburb of Los Angeles, and 19-year-old Doug Gray found himself with serious time on his hands. He had taken his date to the drive-in, but there was a lengthy wait until the movie began. So he did what many a doltish 19-year-old...
National Endowment for Administrators; the NEA's Real Problem Isn't Crucifixes in Urine - It's Bureaucrats in Dubuque
The Arts Endowment has never called a great artist into being," declares National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) chairman John Frohnmayer in the NEA's glossy 1989 annual report. It seems an odd and ambiguous declaration for the chairman of the nation's...
The W-2 Step; the Democrats Are Right That the Social Security Tax Is Unfair, but They're Wrong about How to Fix It
Consider Clayton Karioka, who serves up "Hazelnut," Amaretto," and "Decaf Genuine Guatemala Antigua" coffee from behind the counter at Bucks County Nut & Coffee Company in Washington's Union Station, where Hill staff and even the occasional political...
What Mother Teresa Could Learn in a Leather Bar; Gay Men's Response to AIDS Shows How the Larger Community Can Help Heal Itself
At 5 a.m. on February 6, Tony Harding died in a quiet comer of D.C. General Hospital. Like a number of other patients in the public hospital wing, he was young, indigent, uninsured, estranged from his family, and mentally ill. But unlike most of the...
Why Are Droves of Unqualified, Unprepared Kids Getting into Our Top Colleges? Because Their Dads Are Alumni
Growing up, she heard a hundred Harvard stories. In high school, she put the college's squarely in her sights. But when judgment day came in the winter of 1988, the Harvard admissions guys were frankly unimpressed. Her academic record was solid-not...