The space between two people never quite closes. Thatâ€™s all right. Itâ€™s the rub of surfaces we need anyway, the slowbrush of hand on arm, the quick hug as we discoveran old friend has gone gray, that heâ€™s reading on a hardchair in the back room, leaving most of the house to strangers.Itâ€™s all right to leave him there, maybe, to walk acrossthe red bridge and into the woods, travel the worn pathsin windy sunshine. Turning left each time will bringyou back. Itâ€™s all right, maybe, to explain that you wonâ€™tbe back till late, that you hope for coffee in the morning,for a small table upstairs to spread out your books and papers,most of which you wonâ€™t open before you pack up to leave.The space between two people can open like a net, collapse,dangle loose and empty, ready to catch and hold, to bind.
Bill McKibben on oil-industry divestment, Kyle Childress on the Keystone Pipeline, Gershom Gorenberg on Zionism.
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