Thomas died early in the raft season, under the cold June waters flowing from the high peaks of Montana’s Glacier National Park, when the green river full of glacial silt licked the 8-foot mark on the cement pylons of the Old Glacier bridge stained red...

FOR SOME OF US NOT MAKING THE UNCOMMON EFFORT to define failure and success on our own terms can transform life into a largely disappointing experience. For example, I interpret the hundreds of book and magazine proposals that have been blithely rejected by uncaring, jaded...