Magazine June 1, 2015, Issue

Poetry

THE PROPHETIC ANT

I saw the fabled colors, coming down.

Gold cannot hold.

Red sinks like lead.

Time’s green kingdom will lose its crown,

And dry leaves drag a desert through the town.

Novelist and critic Lee Oser teaches English at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Articles

Politics & Policy

A 2016 Policy Preview

It would be an overstatement to say that the Republican presidential candidates are debating one another’s policy ideas. Very few of the candidates have put forward extensive policy agendas. Several ...

Features

Politics & Policy

The Tarring of E-cigarettes

When the prime-time cameras caught Julia Louis-Dreyfus “vaping” an electronic cigarette at the 2014 Golden Globes ceremony, cries of disapproval arose from our nation’s capital. Representative Henry Waxman (D., Calif.), ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Woeful Whitney

About a decade ago, Time magazine (remember Time?) voted the Genoese-born starchitect Renzo Piano one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He’s won every architectural award possible, ...
Politics & Policy

A Right Quadrangle

True confessions. I first read Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, in which the willful Bathsheba Everdene is courted by three suitors and chooses wrongly and then right, when ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Robot Labor Danny Crichton’s essay “Fear Not the Robot” (May 4) is optimistic about robots, but even more optimistic about a basic law of economics: Jobs are created by the money ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Raúl Castro, after meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican, said he might very well “go back to the Church.” That will be one long confession. ‐ Jeb Bush got ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

THE PROPHETIC ANT I saw the fabled colors, coming down. Gold cannot hold. Red sinks like lead. Time’s green kingdom will lose its crown, And dry leaves drag a desert through the ...

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This week, the Times brings us a story from Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. The headline is: "Texas Hospital Says Man, 30, Died After Attending a ‘Covid Party,’” and what we get is a story with one source. The story reveals itself in three paragraphs: A 30-year-old man who believed the coronavirus ... Read More
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