As we mourn the poet, do we not mourn the loss of what he had in his keeping: a way of living that served us for aeons?
Back on the islands of my childhood, I’m clinging to sobriety, searching for a rare bird that’s also on the brink
Dark side of the moon
Like evangelists, astronauts travel far and return with glad tidings. But however high they ascend, they’re only human
Get your kicks
No wonder adolescents jump off cliffs and fall in crazy love – they are constantly stifled by school and society alike
A drop in the sea
What are the odds that Jesus rose or Moses parted the waves? Even with the best witnesses, vanishingly small
The mummy’s curse
It came from an Egyptian tomb... Well no, actually, it didn’t. But once a myth lurches into life, there’s no stopping it
Travel the world, but work on New York time. This is what I learned about circadian rhythms by unravelling my own
The uncertainty machine
Forget prophecy and wisdom. Using the I Ching is a weirdly useful way to open your mind to life’s unexpected twists
I’d rather be dissected
There are not enough whole-body donations to science. Why don’t people want their death to help the living?
Learning to fall apart
My OCD had been creating vivid, painful rituals for years. So could Buddhist ritual give me a means to fight back?