Magazine | February 8, 2010, Issue

Poetry

FOOTNOTE

*He lied. [When he left and said he didn’t love

you anymore, that he needed to find

some space to grow as a person, above

all, as an artist, a writer of some kind,

living his thirty-two more years, thinking,

every single day (every one),

about your face, your touch, and the foul, stinking

unredeemably stupid thing he’d done,

dying alone, aware that he’d become

a writer of no consequence, who’d been

a hack, and even worse, who’d never come

within a country mile of love again,

whose life was less than a silly anecdote:

an empty cipher and a two-word note.]

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Assimilating Down

If Rep. Luis Gutierrez gets his way, Americans will soon be engaged in another bare-knuckled brawl over the future of U.S. immigration policy. On December 15, the Illinois Democrat unveiled ...
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Balancing Act

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Defanged

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Features

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Future Imperfect

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Politics & Policy

Generation Gap

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Country Life

Upstate Blues

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Sections

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Letters

Incumbent Slayers In his review of Craig Shirley’s Rendezvous with Destiny (“Bliss Was It in That Dawn,” January 25), Jay Cost writes that Ronald Reagan “was the only candidate in the ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

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The Long View

From the Wednesday Inbox

TO:  jstevens@wilmercutlerllc.com FROM:  pwilliamson@manattphelpsllc.com SUBJ:  our clients Dear Joe: I just got an e-mail from my client. He has been watching the Massachusetts Sen­ate returns closely — he says it reminds him a lot ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

FOOTNOTE *He lied. [When he left and said he didn’t love you anymore, that he needed to find some space to grow as a person, above all, as an artist, a writer of some ...
Happy Warrior

Carried Away

‘It’s ’Elf ’n’ Safety, mate, innit?” You only have to spend, oh, 20 minutes in almost any corner of the British Isles to have that distinctive local formulation proffered as ...

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Film & TV

Murder Mystery: An Old Comedy Genre Gets Polished Up

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