The coming-of-age con
How can you go about finding ‘who you really are’ if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication?
Writing my father’s epitaph, I realised love of food trumped love of grandchildren – should his headstone reflect that?
End of story
I am an atheist, and suspicious of sugar-coated evasions. So how can I explain death to my son without fudging the truth?
Generational thinking is seductive and confirms preconceived prejudices, but it’s a bogus way to understand the world
The power of story
Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains
Nobody wants a protracted, dehumanised death: why is it still so easy for doctors to ignore a dying patient's wishes?
My daughter, myself
Storms of doubt and change I expected as the parent of an adolescent, I just thought they would be hers, not mine
Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life?
Back on the islands of my childhood, I’m clinging to sobriety, searching for a rare bird that’s also on the brink
Get your kicks
No wonder adolescents jump off cliffs and fall in crazy love – they are constantly stifled by school and society alike
Kids these days
Millennials are as hard-working as anyone else – so why does pop culture pretend that all we do is party?
The Death Café
Death has become too sanitised. It needs raucous laughter and a little bit of living to make it real again
I’m 43 years old now, damn it, and my life is amazing. So why am I comparing myself to some styled professional?