It is near midnight on the Mississippi River, 100 miles south of Memphis, and a towboat pushing 35 barges creeps like a bead of sweat down America's spinal cord, this "strong brown god -- sullen, untamed and intractable," as T.S. Eliot once described the massive 2,350-mile-long waterway. Up above, the Arkansas moon shimmers off the river and a trillion stars faintly define a scribbled line of poplar trees rising... More >>>
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By Jennifer Silverberg
At any given time nine crew members are on board the
Christopher M. Parsonage. Mate Scott Davison (top);
cook Peggy Rowberry.