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  • October 25, 2001

    MUD-Wrestling in California

    San Franciscans will vote on whether to create a public power company.

    John Nichols

  • October 25, 2001

  • October 25, 2001

    Day-O, an Afghan Calypso

    (With apologies to Harry Belafonte, among others)

    Bombed all night by dat Yankee bunch
    Daylight come and de bombers go home
    Now dey'll drop some cashew crunch
    Daylight come and de bombers go home

    Day-o, day-o
    Bad guys hide in dere catacomb
    Day-o, day-o,
    'Til dose bombers have said shalom.

    Hey, Mr. Taliban, shoutin' your hosannas
    Daylight come and de bombers go home
    You're de Kool-Aid makin' dese Guyanas
    Daylight come and de bombers go home

    Day-o, day-o,
    Daylight come and de bombers go home
    Day-o, day-o,
    Daylight come and de bombers go home.

    Calvin Trillin


  • October 25, 2001

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  • October 25, 2001

    Never Shut Up, New York

    Al Giordano is currently a free-speech defendant in the New York State Supreme Court [see Mark Schapiro, "Drug War on Trial," September 17, 2001].

    Al Giordano


  • October 18, 2001

    Respite in a Minor Key

    I would like an unbroken stretch of drizzly
    weekday afternoons, in a moulting season:
    nowhere else to go but across the street for
    bread, and the paper.

    Later, faces, voices across a table,
    or an autumn fricassee, cèpes and shallots,
    sipping Gigandas as I dice and hum to
    Charpentier's vespers.

    No one's waiting for me across an ocean.
    What I can't understand or change is distant.
    War is a debate, or at worst, a headlined
    nightmare. But waking

    it will be there still, and one morning closer
    to my implication in what I never
    chose, elected, as my natal sky rains down
    civilian ashes.

    Marilyn Hacker