Last week I had the honor of attending a UCONN Human Rights Institute conference in memory of my father. Here is what I had to say.
Zenlike and modern but more bizarre than I expected, Japan left an impression that is as surprising today as it was ten years ago.
A frivolous experiment becomes a daily practice, gaining meaning and helping guide the way toward more enlightened living.
Click to view paintings by Warsaw-based artist Agnieszka Zawisza and read about their impact on the one taking the photographs.
The famous three things to consider when making decisions about real estate are just as important to online property.
In this essay I turn my analytical tools toward the phrases I sometimes record upon waking from my language-driven dreams.
Contrary to what I imagined, and definitely against most that I’ve been told, turning forty is not so monumental at all.
Longer than anything I’ve written since college, this essay is about a summer cabin and a daughter’s memories of her father.
On ways that working has eased my recent suffering, or rather the completion of work, the proof of my capacity for it.
Reflections on my father’s funeral and one remarkable photo taken 11 years, 11 months, and 11 days before the day he would die.
Reflections on a tradition we adopted in 2015, which lights up the dark winter mornings with a steady uptake of jolly cheer.
An inquiry into how writing about the same thing in different languages really does amount to writing about different things.
An open letter, pointedly unsent, urging everyone to minimize the amount of e-mail occupying inboxes, to-do-lists, and minds.
Mushroom hunting is not a fringe discipline in Poland. It is a main event: purposeful, trance-inducing, and worthy of analysis.
Are you ready to start making sushi at home? Not sure how to shop and what to do next? This guide will get you started.
Read about the ways a well-deployed cloud of mist can be a useful—and water-saving—improvement to your kitchen workflow.
Whether it’s sent or received, every email one handles requires work and time. How do we lighten the load in these busy times?
A micro-essay linking my fondness for grey skies with the way subdued daylight contributes to a better experience of seeing.
On my thirty-seventh birthday, I learned something about the number 37—and examined my feelings on numbers in general.
A unique opportunity to test out an impressive camera has inspired a review probably more contemplative than practical.
Springtime is about restoring balance, and one delicious path to balance consists of Asian foods and Asian mealtime practices.
The image on your desktop has visual impact that affects your sight, mood, and thinking. Is yours in line with your needs?
In grade school I was told that I have no talent for singing. In my mid-30s I’m finally discovering what I have been missing.
A deep dive into the ergonomics driving the form and function of bowls, with implications for both cookery and industrial design.
It was a year of change for both mother and son, as well as for making new connections and reading books by Jonathan Franzen.
Isn’t it a pain when the wrong gift finds the wrong person at the wrong time? Here are some ideas to ease the burden all around.
Having a tattoo removed is a lot like getting one in the first place: both decisions involve cost, permanence, and pain.
The single ingredient most uniformly missing from Western kitchens is also the one with the most potential for the home cook.
I seem to be on a mission to prove that a healthful, inexpensive, and delicious homemade meal can also be easy to make.
One girl’s impressions about an unusually well-appointed vintage fork, spilling over into ideas about design and functionality.
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