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Essay/Stories & Literature
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?

Cody Delistraty

Essay/Death
Final words

Writing my father’s epitaph, I realised love of food trumped love of grandchildren – should his headstone reflect that?

Todd Pitock

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
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?

Cormac James

Essay/Demography & Migration
Against generations

Generational thinking is seductive and confirms preconceived prejudices, but it’s a bogus way to understand the world

Rebecca Onion

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence
The power of story

Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains

Elizabeth Svoboda

Essay/Death
Final independence

Nobody wants a protracted, dehumanised death: why is it still so easy for doctors to ignore a dying patient's wishes?

Jeanne Erdmann

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
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

Marina Benjamin

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Growing-ups

Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life?

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Essay/Addiction
Night life

Back on the islands of my childhood, I’m clinging to sobriety, searching for a rare bird that’s also on the brink

Amy Liptrot

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Get your kicks

No wonder adolescents jump off cliffs and fall in crazy love – they are constantly stifled by school and society alike

Guy Claxton

Essay/Life Stages
Kids these days

Millennials are as hard-working as anyone else – so why does pop culture pretend that all we do is party?

James Somers

Essay/Death
The Death Café

Death has become too sanitised. It needs raucous laughter and a little bit of living to make it real again

Clare Davies

Essay/Life Stages
Awaiting renewal

I’m 43 years old now, damn it, and my life is amazing. So why am I comparing myself to some styled professional?

Heather Havrilesky