Pain and grief are among our most private, isolating experiences.
Should we be as concerned about equality of outcomes as we are about equality of opportunity?
The author’s interpretive framework truncates the narrative by forcing her to see thick cultural issues only through the lens of social class.
The successful formation and launching of children still matters; it is just that parents don’t want to launch them very far.
Given that most Americans now assume that children are priceless and fragile, it is no surprise that many have striven to remove all risks they might face.
A controversial campaign in 2013 aimed at teen pregnancy in New York City.
The marketplace has infiltrated intimate life and transformed the self.
Poverty research has become caught up in a paradox of its own making—of diminishing insight into the problem of poverty amid more data about the poor.
Herbert Hoover’s US Food Administration did more than simply change Americans’ eating habits.
A human person is a historical being, in whom the past remains immanent in the present, and whom the wear and tear of time enhances rather than diminishes.
A grotesque and caricatured version of Simone Weil undermines an otherwise good book.
In the end, your collection always ends up collecting you.
The ideal mother, as countless novelists have known, is a dead one.
How are we ethically to evaluate the practice of getting stoned?
If being sensible was no virtue to my father, being fantastic was just as bad.
When you bring children into being, you give them the gift of life, but you also impose on them these terrible costs.
Is credentialism “the last acceptable prejudice”?
On the surface, “normal” might seem harmless, charmingly self-deprecating, maybe even endearing.
We may well need to transcend the capital analogy.
Awareness is not the opposite of ignorance. Rather, it’s a stand-in for performative gestures of all kinds.
Is love so discrete and impregnable that it can subsist in the midst of the most repellent undertakings?
Black Americans still embrace the exodus story as the defining trope of their collective experience.
How is an alignment of the authentic self and the college admissions process possible?
We used to want to assimilate into the mainstream. Now identity is front and center of what we want the world to know about us.
The liberty of the adult citizen depends on the subordination of the prepolitical child.
The captivity narrative is the most American of genres, not just in fostering fear, paranoia, and violence but in contributing to the creation myth of a new variety of person: the American.
Now more than ever, time could be irretrievably wasted.
Why precisely are the most fortunate of us the most restless? How can our private, individual restlessness explain our public, political sclerosis?
We are living through a time, however, when we cannot take our shared identity—and therefore our shared stories—for granted.
Defenders of abortion might more wisely reframe their case around the central importance of care.
The COVID crisis has changed our perceptions of assisted living communities, perhaps permanently.
A lesson in what it takes to be a father, and why a kid might want to have one.
My quarrel with M.F.K. Fisher was part of a larger quarrel I’ve been having with myself ever since we went to ground in March.
A human spirit of community and kindness can be learned. But it can also be forgotten.
What haunted Edmund was a fear of being second best.
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