A Dance to the Music of Time, by Nicolas Poussin, c. 1635.

A Dance to the Music of Time, by Nicolas Poussin, c. 1635. Wallace Collection, London.


Volume VII, Number 4 | fall 2014

Captain Clock

Lewis H. Lapham

Strange Days

Sven Birkerts

Time After Time

John Crowley

Reelin’ in the Years

Colin Dickey



Voices In Time

The Best Is Yet to Come

1889 | Hartford, CT

Raising the Stakes

c. 1503 | London

Golden Gleam of Youth

1805 | Grasmere

The Forsaking of Works

1854 | Concord, MA

On the Contrary

1863 | Amherst, MA

Of Things That Exist

c. 330 BC | Athens

Man vs. Animal

1874 | Basel

Pure Duration

1889 | Paris

A Peculiar Sensation

1895 | London

Like Day and Night

1925 | Dayton, TN

Not Fade Away

1609 | London

Hacked-Up Days

c. 195 | Rome

Tomorrow and Yesterday

1871 | Oxford

Under the Gun

1849 | St. Petersburg

Literal Interpretation

c. 50 BC | Judaea

A Fancied Dot

1317 | Tabriz

Infinite Path

c. 524 | Pavia

Moment of Reckoning

c. 1590 | London

The Incarnate Now Is Supreme

1919 | Pangbourne

Declaration of War

1906 | Dunsany

Punching In

2012 | United States

Living History

c. 1825 | Berlin

Not a Millisecond to Spare

2006 | New Jersey

Daylight Savings

1784 | Paris

Now or Never

1966 | Australia

Time Well Spent

1899 | Chicago

Yearlong Desires

c. 300 | China

Time-Management Skills

1903 | Philadelphia

A Race Against Time

1872 | London

Forcing a Reevaluation

1916 | Berlin

Charts and Graphs



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