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April 23, 2007 Issue

Cover art by: Cover design: Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Books and the Arts

    God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut

    Kurt Vonnegut, who passed away Wednesday, will be remembered for his brilliant, cynical and often depressing humor.

    John Leonard

  • Undercover of the Night

    Reviews of the films Black Book and Zodiac.

    Stuart Klawans

  • The Semiwarriors

    By creating an atmosphere of perpetual crisis, Presidents have expanded their powers and hidden their actions from the public eye.

    Andrew J. Bacevich

  • Lying in the Middle of the Field

    Tidewater, Oregon

    The tractor has left rows in the grass,
    somewhat like rows of cut cane. Louisiana,
    I take you everywhere.

    The field itself is a giant row
    between aisles of fir and alder,
    a chute running west to east,

    as I will run west to east,
    not like the hurrying of the sun--
    beginning and end being one and all that.

    Some might call this loafing.
    It is such a pleasure at this point
    not to care what the locals

    in their trucks, the loggers,
    and the UPS man might think
    if they saw me from the road.

    A field with no boundaries,
    an expanse of tideland
    is more honest really

    my back sinking in the mud,
    high tide covering my joy.

    Martha Serpas

  • Bolaño in Mexico

    As a young writer in the 1970s, Roberto Bolaño was expected to choose between two rival factions of Mexican poets. He chose both.

    Carmen Boullosa

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