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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Twenty-five years of fighting mass incarceration in court
Giving birth as a black woman in America
My first years in America
Is suffering meaningless?
A battle to restore my vision
On the road with a secret weapon
Decoding a father’s farewell
On the dread of looking down
Life in the new South Africa
Exclusion and Confession, the two slamming doors of America
The story of a Kurdish sniper
A contemplation of my parents’ marriage
A personal history of the Holocaust
And a year of trying to find a road back from personal and public shame
From the journal I did not keep
How a young journalist untangled the riddle of My Lai
The untruths of memory
How I learned the real meaning of dissent
Around the world with the Goya of conflict photography
A life without food
Playing it safe in the Pee Wee League
A writer remembers his father
Looking for love in the age of Tinder
Trying not to kill a mockingbird
The medical ordeal no one wants to talk about
From the pawnshops of Portland to the con men of Craigslist
Memories of a South African childhood
Greeting the holidays in an age of mass incarceration
Why the world went to war in 1914
On the pleasures and perils of whisky