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When Life is in Your Hands

A person’s right to die means the beginning of some difficult conversations. Here, a doctor on what patients, families, and physicians need to talk about.

Bringing Death to the Table

A person’s right to die means the beginning of some difficult conversations. Here, a son on what patients, families, and physicians need to talk about.

‘You Can Burn the Paper, But the Stories Live On’

A day with the nomadic booksellers of Pakistan.

The End of Alaska’s Ferry Bars

On-deck taverns on the Marine Highway System bring together residents of a solitary state, but not for much longer.

Faking Sick For Work: A Field Study

(A deeply, defiantly unscientific field study.)

Trauma is the Truth Worth Talking About

If the central political questions of our time are inescapably personal, how can we dismiss arguments for being “too emotional”?

‘You People Are So Patient’

2014 felt like a long, cruel object lesson in disappointment. Should we really have expected better?

‘How Did This Happen, and How Did I Not See It Coming?’

Over 900 members of Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple died on November 1978. Here, in their own words, are some of the people who made it out alive.

For Kids, By Kids—But Not For Long

YouTube’s (mostly) teenage vloggers created a monumental mainstream youth culture free of adult supervision. Now they’re doing the unthinkable: growing up.

The Secret Art of Talking to Other Humans

Whether at a friend’s birthday party or stark naked in the Nicaraguan jungle, our first conversations with strangers require a complex dance of tentative reveals and elisions.