Monthly Archives: March 2013

All manner of tents

A tent is a carapace, but thin, fragile, ethereal. Even the heaviest tents are no substitute for sod or wood or ice. The nomadic tents in mountainous Central Asia are layer upon layer of boiled yak wool, Turkish yurts are felted sheep’s wool, and the Tupiq, traditional Inuit summer tents, are made with seal or […]


Spring in Chapel Hill is beautiful, all fuscia and pale azaleas, Bradford pears, pink dogwoods and new ivy, campus brick, and elms– and then it’s over in a matter of weeks, leaving sheets of pollen, and then the rain and the puddling neon sludge. Then right on spring’s heels comes the Southern summer without any […]