time Filter
  1. The Good Life Smells Just Like Gobstoppers

    Jason Preu with a poem on boxes, candy, and the passing of time: “My daughter enters the room / bearing candy and a smile. // The last time I wrote of her / she was seven. Now she’s ten.”

  2. Springtime

    Time zones: why do we have them? Science blogger Jon Farrow explains: “The answers to these questions, like so much that is great in this world, involve two of my favourite things: Canada and astronomy.”

  3. “We abuse time, make it our enemy. We try to contain and control it, or, at the very least, outrun it. Your new-model, even faster phone; your finger on the “Close” button in the elevator; your same-day delivery.”

  4. Passing Time

    “I needed my sobriety to stand on its own, rather than ebbing and flowing with the tides of my fickle faith.” An unflinching essay on religion, self-image, and the writer’s complicated path out of addiction.

  5. Why I Fear Being at Home

    Australian blogger Helen Hayward reflects on the difficulty of balancing domestic duties — those never-ending to-do lists — with our longing for creating a peaceful, private space to cultivate our inner selves.

  6. Books
  7. “There’s a me who lives inside, one without papery skin beneath her eyes. She feels like the same girl who stood on her porch the night before her sixth birthday. She feels like she did at 17 in love for the first time.”

  8. Tick, Tock: Writers and Photographers Reflect on Time

    In words and images, bloggers from around the world tackle temporality and the way we perceive it.


    11th-century pictograph in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Photo by scribbler's playhouse.

  9. Getting Out of the Jail of Time

    “Maybe it’s all too much to bear, so we make clocks and calendars. We build walls around us to say this is now, that was yesterday, and tomorrow is not here yet.” A beautiful short essay from Craig Childs on time — and how life is controlled by a clock.

  10. Knocknarae, Or Thoughts on Time and the Irish Sisyphus (A Hitchhiker’s Guide)

    Hiking up Knocknarae, a mountain near rainy Sligo, Ireland, Aidan Ryan reflects on history, effort, and travel: “The human race is equally blessed and cursed, I think, by a layered, rather than a linear, experience of time.”

  11. Richard Linklater, in Search of Real Time

    “Life happens in the small moments. While we are walking and talking, sitting on a train, reading a book, catching a glimpse of someone, sharing a meal, falling in love…. These are the moments that seize us and make and shape a life.” Joanna Di Mattia explores Boyhood, the filmmaking of Richard Linklater, and the unfolding of time.

  12. Embracing the Void

    “To look at the sky is to be reminded that oceans of space and time lie beyond the reach of our minds. Who can help but feel small under it? By showing us the true scope of the unknown, the sky forces us to confront the mysterious nature of human experience.” Ross Andersen talks with Charles Ross about his desert masterpiece, Star Axis.

  13. A Wilderness of Waiting

    “The biggest surprise of pregnancy, however, is not this relationship to time but the revelation that in the monotony lies, if not liberation exactly, a kind of release. Waiting has become an art, a state of suspended grace, an alternate way of living.” At Vela, Sarah Menkedick weaves a gorgeous essay on gestation and waiting.