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

Articles

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 ...

Features

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 ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

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 ...
Athwart

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 ...
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

The Need to Discuss Black-on-Black Crime

Thomas Abt’s book Bleeding Out (2019) has garnered a fair amount of attention for its proposals to deal with gun violence in mainly black urban neighborhoods. The entire focus of the book is on interventions in high-crime locations to stem the violence, including: hot-spots policing, working with young males at ... Read More

The Need to Discuss Black-on-Black Crime

Thomas Abt’s book Bleeding Out (2019) has garnered a fair amount of attention for its proposals to deal with gun violence in mainly black urban neighborhoods. The entire focus of the book is on interventions in high-crime locations to stem the violence, including: hot-spots policing, working with young males at ... Read More
PC Culture

The Central Park Dog Case Is Covington 2.0

Funny thing about viral videos: They don’t necessarily give the full and complete context for what happened, do they? They might, for instance, begin only after someone does something bizarre and provocative but record solely the reaction. Covington was only 16 months ago. Did we learn anything from it? ... Read More
PC Culture

The Central Park Dog Case Is Covington 2.0

Funny thing about viral videos: They don’t necessarily give the full and complete context for what happened, do they? They might, for instance, begin only after someone does something bizarre and provocative but record solely the reaction. Covington was only 16 months ago. Did we learn anything from it? ... Read More
Media

Mark Zuckerberg’s On the Right Track

In comments earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued that social-media companies should strive to avoid regulating the views of users. “I don’t think Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with CNBC. “I think that’s kind ... Read More
Media

Mark Zuckerberg’s On the Right Track

In comments earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued that social-media companies should strive to avoid regulating the views of users. “I don’t think Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with CNBC. “I think that’s kind ... Read More