The great forgetting
Our first three years are usually a blur and we don’t remember much before age seven. What are we hiding from ourselves?
Farming the apocalypse
When my life came crashing down I took shelter on my farm, surviving with 11th-century tools like the sickle and scythe
Sleep paralysis has tormented me since childhood. But now it’s my portal to out-of-body travel and lucid dreams
My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home
What is a dude?
How the strange history of the ‘dude’ helps throw a light on why the West still feels like the real America
I sold out to China
You know that censorship has won its war on truth-telling when journalists happily police themselves
A fine balance
Vertigo knocked me out of whack. Now, when people talk of finding equilibrium, I want to hit them with my walking stick
Searching for home
My connection to place is fluid and complex. In a nomadic world, do we still need a home?
The lost father
Finding my dad was an act of self-discovery: it took furtive phone calls, conjured siblings – and the power to transcend death