A treatment for liver cancer gives the writer a fresh perspective on illness – and wellness.
With a brutal cancer prognosis, a woman learns to live on borrowed time.Winner of the 2006 National Magazine award for essays and criticism.
Immune systems don’t make for clean narratives, even as we expect them to keep us pure.
A woman's life is complicated by a sick lover and a job playing Bigfoot.
"I wait for the woman to relax, watching for the instant when she begins to think: maybe there won’t be a monster after all. I can always tell when this thought arrives. First their posture goes soft. Then their expression changes from confused to relieved to disappointed. More than anything, the ambush is about waiting the customer out. I struggle to stay in character during these quiet moments; it’s tempting to consider my own life and worries, but when the time comes to attack, it will only be believable if I’ve been living with Bigfoot’s loneliness and desires for at least an hour."
Sam Simon made a fortune from The Simpsons. Now, diagnosed with terminal cancer, he is racing to spend it.
The story of Jim Olson and his Tumor Paint dream.
Previously: Brendan I. Koerner on the Longform Podcast.
The long road to a potential breakthrough.