Perhaps in the world’s destruction it would be possible at last to see how it was made. Oceans, mountains. The ponderous counterspectacle of things ceasing to be. The sweeping waste, hydroptic and coldly secular. The silence.
President Barack Obama hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant, as he tours damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, N.J., on Wednesday. Putting aside partisan differences, Obama and Republican Governor Chris Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey together, taking in scenes of flooded roads and burning homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.