Life after losing your partner.
On claiming the conquistador Juan Ponce de León as an ancestor and the fictions we tell ourselves.
An attorney pieces together a life cut short.
The author ponders the dissolution of his own marriage, and others.
A trip to the zoo, Charlie Kaufman’s new film, and human despair.
“Love purifies. Suffering never purified anybody; suffering merely intensifies the self-directed drives within us. Any act of love, however--no matter how small--lessens anxiety's grip, gives us a taste of tomorrow, and eases the yoke of our fears. Love, unlike virtue, is not its own reward. The reward of love is peace of mind, and peace of mind is the end of man's desiring.”
The author's first published article.
How we talk about—and live with—schizophrenia.