Magazine January 25, 2010, Issue

Poetry

NO MORE

Once they have closed the door,

That is the final day

And time will be no more.

Forget “the other shore” –

No earth, no sea, no way

Once they have closed the door,

No after, no before,

Nothing for clocks to say,

For time will be no more.

Vain the discarded core,

Useless the feet of clay

Once they have closed the door.

For soldier, queen, and whore

All persons of the play,

Time will be no more.

No time now to restore

This burden, this cliché.

Soon they will close the door

And time will be no more.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Obamacare: Act II

Journalists all over Washington, D.C., have already written the big story for February. The headline will be “Democrats Score Major Win on Health Care.” The lead: “After a bruising battle, ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Welcome to Rome

Sometimes you do live to see it. In my book America Alone, I point out that, to a five-year-old boy waving his flag as Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession marched ...
Politics & Policy

Until Next Time

The Christmas Day attempt to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 brought with it an especially unsettling aspect of déjà vu. Eight years earlier, there had been another transatlantic flight, another ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Second Acts

At this time last year, I was griping about Hollywood’s habit of releasing all of its most self-consciously Oscar-worthy efforts in a wild, desperate year-end pack. When it was decreed, ...
The Straggler

Car Talk

‘The parking brake, honey. Parking brake. “Sorry, Dad.” She releases the parking brake and we move out into our quiet suburban street. Signaling, she drives nicely to the corner, stops, looks, and ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Poetry

NO MORE Once they have closed the door, That is the final day And time will be no more. Forget “the other shore” – No earth, no sea, no way Once they have closed the door, No ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Fluorescence I am reminded of one of the supervisors of my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, Roger Tsien, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008. Roger, an American who had ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ It looks like 2010 will see the advent of Obamacare and the return of the death tax. Coincidence? ‐ Just before the Senate passed his health-care legislation, President Obama said, ...

Most Popular

Elections

Biden: Make America Great Again

A promise of economic nationalism, an expensive infrastructure bill that’s really a make-work program, prejudice against foreigners, denunciations of Wall Street — Joe Biden is running the 2016 Trump campaign against Donald Trump in 2020. Joe Biden gave a big economic speech in Pennsylvania yesterday, and ... Read More
Elections

Biden: Make America Great Again

A promise of economic nationalism, an expensive infrastructure bill that’s really a make-work program, prejudice against foreigners, denunciations of Wall Street — Joe Biden is running the 2016 Trump campaign against Donald Trump in 2020. Joe Biden gave a big economic speech in Pennsylvania yesterday, and ... Read More

Mel Gibson’s Beastmode

Late-period Mel Gibson is probably the best Mel Gibson; in film after film after film he plays ornery old bastards with such conviction that each successive outing feels like a personal trip to the confessional. He doesn’t need the money anymore, and most of these roles are in indie movies that pay very little ... Read More

Mel Gibson’s Beastmode

Late-period Mel Gibson is probably the best Mel Gibson; in film after film after film he plays ornery old bastards with such conviction that each successive outing feels like a personal trip to the confessional. He doesn’t need the money anymore, and most of these roles are in indie movies that pay very little ... Read More