Returning to America after five years in the Middle East calls for a no-sleep jaunt back to Beirut for drinking, partying, and tying up loose ends.
Sinclair Lewis despised his hometown in Minnesota. It disliked him, too, especially after being lampooned in a bestselling novel that mocked the citizens for their small-town ways. These days, though, he’s all they’ve got.
The California Dream is made possible by old water and big water. Unfortunately, the former doesn’t care about us, and the latter’s running dry. A native reports from the wine country, where fires loom.
After a death in the family, a precious musical instrument must be transported a thousand-plus miles. Should it break, a lot more is at stake than just music.
A youthful pledge to become an essayist gets lost.
Two men, separated by more than 150 years, discover the folly of attempting Western-style capitalism in Micronesia.
A family that relies on the satisfactions of the logical—calculus, physics, chemistry—finds itself haunted by ghosts.
Eventually a man who’s always in motion, always fixing something, will stop. Decline of the patriarch reveals an entire family’s vulnerability.
Good books are frequently credited with being worth reading twice. But when was the last time anyone had time for that?
Offered an opportunity to help a father reach out to his young daughter, a writer agrees to assist. But the challenge isn’t as simple as grammar and commas.
Ever since my dad got an iPad last year, he sees it fit to multitask: Read an article, and text me about it.
YouTube tutorials are the classrooms of the 21st century—digitized, always on, and personalized. But are they enough to make you a better person?