You can learn how to read a poem, but you can’t choose how it will affect you. Here, a little cough launches a journey through a reader’s mind.
In which the novelist and magician Tim O’Brien makes the author disappear, and a family funeral puts a father’s sleight of hand on full display.
As President Obama enters his final days in office, a proper assessment of his tenure requires a variety of measurable, non-political categories: golf, offspring, homebrewing, and more.
Portraits of a queer community in South India treat gender, biology, art, and family with emotional nuance—no exoticism in sight.
A marriage in the digital era begins with an invitation to listen to a record. Rediscovering vinyl, sonic memories, and the joy of sitting down to do one single thing.
In the city of Irvine, in the county of Orange, in the state of California during a season of sports, sometimes America reaches maximum volume.
NFL star Randy Moss is now a high school coach. A Vikings fan explains how watching one childhood hero move on with his life helps him say goodbye to another.
Indian culture is under siege by Westerners enamored with yoga, authenticity, and convenience. The dosa—a beloved, inconvenient tradition—could be next to fall.
A man dies, leaving behind, among other things, a combination lock. Opening it may just prove the existence of the afterlife.
New clothes, AP classes, middle-aged angst. A New York City mom reflects on being pulverized by the first day of school.
Paintings of Yosemite and other locales are full of place and history—and plenty of sex and weather, too.
Eve becomes a woman of many lives, whether trying her first cigarette or weeping in a wedding dress.