Magazine | June 11, 2012, Issue


Time and the River

Time and the river have always

their place in life

as the essential things

never to be brought home

in triumph or in sorrow;

never lost as they can

never be possessed;

and if neglected because

of the implacable urgency

of work, illness, tragedy,

or the foolishness

of having been forgotten,

they will again, in their own time,

loom large, with remembrance,

and potential.

As remembered, in the savage beauty

of overwhelming high water, winter’s end,

the brown god of swift,

devastating destruction, cleansing

the land of man’s encroachments and debris,

soon to sparkle with the splashing ducks,

the sweet innocence, of spring and summer.

The seasons portray time and the river

with an expectancy grown beyond

their joyous annual return,

not through some quiet grove,

nearly still, for hopeful contemplation,

but through bright, moving waters,

and their melody of uneven transparencies,

where the mysteries we have

come to know, or believe,

are always, always,

exceeded by those we desire.

In This Issue


Politics & Policy

Canadian Crackdown

A considered and empathetic opposition to same-sex marriage has nothing to do with phobia or hatred, but that doesn’t stop Christians, conservatives, and anybody else who doesn’t take the fashionable line ...
Politics & Policy

Tea-Party Prequel

The three-plus years of the Obama administration have been something of a roller coaster for the Republican party and the broader conservative movement. On one hand there was Scott Brown’s ...
Politics & Policy

Getting Irreligion

There was a time when American politicians could condemn godless heathens almost anywhere in the country and expect nothing but lusty applause. Now, however, there are large swathes of the ...
Politics & Policy

Diverse Like Me

Once, not too long ago, when I was hiring writers for a television show, a network executive called me up. “We’re really hoping you’ll keep diversity in mind when you make ...


Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Odd Couple

Both the subtitle of Richard Aldous’s book — “The Difficult Relationship” — and its foreword proclaim it to be an exercise in historical revisionism. Justifying this, he quotes Sir Nicholas ...
Politics & Policy

The Scholar

Bernard Lewis is far and away the single most influential commentator in the English language on the Muslim world past and present. In the course of a long lifetime, he ...
Politics & Policy

Running Deep

The problem awaiting any author seeking to define introversion is that, in essence, it is about not needing, and not particularly liking, people. This is a felony in America, so ...
Politics & Policy

Tame Tyrant

During the spring television season, my wife and I became strangely fascinated by the Manhattan real-estate agent Fredrik Eklund, who is featured prominently in Million Dollar Listing: New York, one ...
City Desk

In the Know

‘You are in the seat the cardinal sat in when we had dinner here.” We were three, expecting a fourth. The fourth would be a lady, so we had already ...


Politics & Policy


A Childish Question In “The Empty Playground and the Welfare State” (May 28), Ramesh Ponnuru proposes increasing the child tax credit. Much of the argument is compelling, but I found one ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ A prisoner took 40 percent of the vote in a Democratic presidential primary against Obama. We see the makings of a John Edwards comeback. ‐ President Obama has renewed his ...

To Boldly Politick

It’s one thing to read that scientists are working on teleportation devices. It’s quite another to learn they not only got one to work but beamed something 143 kilometers between ...
Politics & Policy


Time and the River Time and the river have always their place in life as the essential things never to be brought home in triumph or in sorrow; never lost as they can never be possessed; and if ...
Happy Warrior

Eutopia, Limited

As the advanced social-democratic Big Government state sinks under a multi-trillion-dollar debt avalanche, the conventional wisdom remains all too conventional, and disinclined even to mount an argument. So much “progressive” ...

Most Popular


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Heckuva Job, Paul and Mitch

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White House

Bill Clinton Redux

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California’s Pro-Nuclear Renegade

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Encouraging Signs in Iraq

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