Tracy K. Smith, the United States poet laureate, looks at the ways poetry has dealt with the shifting political landscapes of the past two decades. Forced out by term limits after 17 years, President Joseph Kabila says he would accept an opposition victory in elections this month. But many expect hell return in five years. George Soros explains to Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland how German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s actions in 2008 could lead to the disintegration of the European Union. Consequently, a disorderly default of European sovereignties may lead to a global financial meltdown worse than 2008. He explains his analysis here.
With its senior captains reaching retirement age, a Fire Island ferry service seeks replacements to transport vacationers, celebrities and bagels. Ynon Kreiz, the toy giants fourth leader in five years, has a strategy for reversing its fortunes. And it starts with putting one of Americas best-known dolls on the big screen. After five customers complained of ‘strings of metal’ in their Jimmy Dean sausages, the company has issued a voluntary recall of 29,028 pounds of its Heat ‘n Serve sausage links, the USDA says. Matt Dillon may play a serial killer in Lars von Triers latest movie, but its real subject seems to be its director.