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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
An appreciation for the diversity of life
When I was eighteen, I spent several months working as a bus girl at a diner. It was a cheerful-looking place, facing San Francisco Bay. The kitchen was L-shaped: the…
By Kristin Dombek, from The Selfishness of Others, a monograph that was published this month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Dombek is the recipient of a 2013 Rona Jaffe award.…
Five hundred family members of leprosy patients sue Japan; Rebecca Solnit explores how leprosy teaches empathy
Symptoms, signs, and the riddle of Morgellons
By Mark Kingwell, from a keynote speech delivered in May at the annual meeting of the Writers’ Union of Canada and published in the Ottawa Citizen. Kingwell is a professor…
From “Human Engineering and Climate Change,” by S. Matthew Liao, Anders Sandberg, Rebecca Roache, published last year in Ethics, Policy & Environment. A widely cited report by the United Nations…
How leprosy teaches empathy