The ancient God of Judaism and Islam was no distant immortal, but a god of domestic life, infertility and fratricide
‘Take a photo of the spread,’ my mother says. ‘This way you can remember what to arrange when I’m dead.’
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 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?
Prohibition lingers on, but with pocket-sized vaporizers, marijuana users can get high whenever and wherever they please
The Death Café
Death has become too sanitised. It needs raucous laughter and a little bit of living to make it real again