Our increasing reliance on drugs—prescribed, over-the-counter, illegal, and ordered online like pizza—suggests we have a deeper problem
And how LUCA, Earth’s first living cell, became Lucas, my adorable grandnephew
The advent of new religions in the 1800s led to fierce debates that persist today
The sensations of landing on the island long ago haunted a writer’s final memories
A decades-long correspondence with the Italian writer Arturo Vivante covered it all: hardship, love, and the endurance of art
A grandmother’s life in five moves, from Hitler’s Europe to the American Midwest
“Could we have been better parents?” At 87, Cornell emeritus professor James McConkey reflects on the inadvertent ways that parents—especially fathers—shape their children. “Most parents don’t want their children to suffer the kind of grief inflicted on them by their own parents,” he says in this essay from our Spring 2008 issue. “By saving them from that, though, they may inflict upon their children difficulties of another kind.” As the father to three sons, McConkey is acutely aware of how his relationship with his own father informed his relationship with his children. His essay “What Kind of Father Am I?” is a meditation on aging, parenthood, and the bond between fathers and sons.
An intimate portrait of a couple who helped forge a nation
Living in the aftermath of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll
Decoding the hieroglyphs that accompanied the dead pharaohs
Leaders of the last century
Why did Pyongyang kidnap several dozen Japanese?
A scientist’s love of lava
The ancient, tangled roots of modern language