Magazine November 23, 2009, Issue

My Stars

(NASA/Handout via Reuters)

On the day I was born,
The unalterable stars altered.
If I decided to sell lamps,
It wouldn’t get dark till the day I died.

Some stars. Whatever I do,
I’m a failure before I begin.
If I suddenly decided to sell shrouds,
People would suddenly stop dying.

– ROBERT MEZEY
​​​​​​​after Abraham ibn Ezra

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China Alone?

When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, by Martin Jacques (Penguin, 576 pp., $29.95)
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Dark and Wild

This is a film about childhood that can be appreciated by pretentious, nitpicky grown-ups, it will find its fiercest fans among the Maxes of the world

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Neatherworld

‘Would it not be easier,” wrote Bertolt Brecht after the East German uprising in 1953, “for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?”

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