“The zone” is a sort of trance state that gamblers experience while they’re playing. One’s sense of time, space, body, and sense of self can disappear. So there’s an imperative to design against interruption.
When Kelley Benham and her husband finally got pregnant, after many attempts and a good deal of technological help, everything was perfect. Until it wasn’t. Their story raises questions that, until recently, no parent had to face.
Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He’s replaced the last doctor — also named Dr. Gilmer — who went to prison for murder. But the more Dr. Gilmer talks to his new patients, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer.
Lewis Greenberg is fighting to preserve a giant installation in his yard, Holocaust Revisited. He calls the neighbors who object Nazis, but it’s not nearly so black and white.
David Foster Wallace first made his mark on the literary scene with his 1,079-page, three-pound-three-ounce novel, Infinite Jest. He discussed the book in 1996.
In third grade, Shalom Auslander saw a chance to make his mom proud and push his drunk father out of the picture. The plan called for a lot of blessing, and a lot of sinning.
David Sedaris reflects on his mother’s lung cancer.
A daughter learns the truth about her mother’s pregnancy.
What if the moon were just a jump away? A beautiful answer to that question comes in Italo Calvino’s story, read live by Liev Schreiber.
Jeff Viniard’s engagement to the woman he loves is threatened by a crisis of faith.