Spring 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 2 NonfictionApril 1, 2009 |

The Duct-taped Side of the Moon

Rip Van Winkle and the Separation (with a Primer of Twenty-six Parenthetical Notes on the Sacred) … apparently the lawless plunderers of the orchard and the corn field, are, in fact, Nature's carriers to disperse and perpetuate her blessings. In like manner, the beauties and fine thoughts of ancient and obsolete authors are caught up by these flights of predatory writers, and cast forth, again to flourish and bear fruit in a remote and distant tract of time. Many of their works, also, undergo a kind of metempsychosis, and spring up under new forms. —Washington Irving, The Art of Book-Making Once upon a time and out of the blue, the moon bared its dark side—its duct-taped side—and was rescued by a divine tree. That tree was six years old and in the first grade, in an improvisational and improbable drama, performed on Groundhog Day at Irving School on the edge of the Rockies. The calamity of the moon and its return to shine side was not in the script, but it was i

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