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Idea/Stories & Literature

So I exaggerate a little – am I wrong to jazz up my stories?

Andrea Askowitz

Essay/Stories & Literature

The real Casanova

His name is synonymous with serial seduction but Casanova's memoirs reveal a man greater than the sum of his ‘conquests’

Laurence Bergreen

Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Telling memories

Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union tell inconsistent stories. What does this say about the nature of memory?

Helen Haft

Essay/Cosmopolitanism

This is your morning

I left the US, the land of my birth, sickened by racial injustice. But the return to a homeland is not a simple matter

Enuma Okoro

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Video/Gender & Sexuality

On the examined sex life: a meticulous chronicle of desire and self-knowledge

19 minutes

Video/Stories & Literature

Leonard Cohen turns an erotic fantasy that wasn’t into a sleepless night’s work

6 minutes

Essay/Memoir

For the love of stuff

I am my things and my things are me. I don’t want to give them up: they are narrative prompts for the story of my life

Lee Randall

Essay/Travel

Right on track

If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train

Margarita Gokun Silver

Essay/Travel

The migrant’s tale

Sure it’s progressive to sympathise with young undocumented migrants, but it also locks them into a victimhood narrative

Sarah Menkedick

Essay/Memoir

Riding the wind

Hot and bothersome or exhilarating and wild: winds blow through the mind as strongly as they blow through the landscape

Karen Emslie

Essay/Family Life

Korean Thanksgiving

‘Take a photo of the spread,’ my mother says. ‘This way you can remember what to arrange when I’m dead.’

Mary H K Choi

Essay/Demography & Migration

Exiled

I mourn my beloved uncle’s death in Ethiopia as I mourn my exile. I cannot bury him, but can I bury my loss?

Mohammed Ademo

Essay/Memoir

Beyond

A remote island, an Arctic expedition, a one-way trip to Mars – what drives our urge to explore the farthest reaches?

Veronique Greenwood

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Video/Memoir

Kinder’s chocolate eggs are banned in the US. Enter the Kinder-egg smuggler

6 minutes

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Video/Memoir

An empire built on playing house: how imagination can change your situation

15 minutes

Essay/Memoir

Hotel Melancholia

Travel is supposed to make us feel more alive, so why is the hotel room a place of such loneliness and despair?

Suzanne Joinson

Video/Memoir

A young French boy leaves forever the African village that is his home

10 minutes

Essay/Digital Culture

Happily never after

Messy plots, audience participation and uncertain endings: how digital storytelling revives the ancient art of gossip

Katherine May

Essay/Memoir

A conscientious objector

Jacob Bridge is a popular lieutenant in the US Marines who woke up one day with an urgent need to leave the military. Why?

Lyle Jeremy Rubin

Essay/Food & Drink

A sense of Chuck

In memory of Charles Bowden, hard-nosed reporter and avid sensualist, who loved every sight, feel and sip of being alive

Richard Grant

Essay/Memoir

Like a prayer

Even secular people need time out to meditate, reflect, and give thanks. Is prayer the answer?

Heather Havrilesky

Essay/Chemistry

American petro-topia

The genius and hubris of plastic has been absorbed by every living thing. Is it a curse or evolution’s next step?

Rebecca Altman

Essay/Digital Culture

Beyond the churn

Junk news is like junk food – a quick bite that fails to nourish. Are slow-burning stories what we really want, and need?

Sarah Smarsh

Video/Memoir

An English centenarian’s moving friendship with a German POW during World War II

8 minutes

Video/Memoir

René Burri on a career of turning evanescent moments into indelible photographs

11 minutes

Essay/Memoir

The coward

My husband got the death threat, but I went into hiding. Are some brains wired for courage and others for fear?

Caren Chesler

Essay/Fairness & Equality

Poor teeth

If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege

Sarah Smarsh

Video/Memoir

A man looks back on life with his beloved wife – on the ebb and flow of memories

3 minutes

Video/Memoir

For an 80-year-old American jazz fan in England, to live is to tap dance

3 minutes

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

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?

Kristin Ohlson