Evan Eisenberg is the author of The Ecology of Eden (Knopf, Vintage) and of The Recording Angel, which was recently reissued in an expanded edition by Yale University Press. His articles, essays, and humor have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate, the New York Times, and numerous other periodicals. For a brief interval during the twentieth century he was a music columnist for The Nation.
With apologies to David Blaine, and none to John McCain, an ode to a political magician.
Republicans in Congress have set aside $20 million for a gala in Washington to celebrate victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. The party may be postponed for a while, but the program has been drafted--and we've got a copy.
Stay the course? Cut and run? Cut the crap? What will former Secretary of State James A. Baker III propose after the midterm elections, when the bipartisan Iraq Study Group reveals new scenarios to end the Iraq debacle?