Where I Go: From Northeast London Back to Duluth

In Our Newly Delimited World, I Became a Terranaut of the Local

For me, as for millions, lockdown has been a masterclass in ways of escape. And even as “easing” widens horizons, I can’t see it catapulting us back to a time (2019) when 70 million flights filled the skies. The virologist Peter Piot put it bluntly in Science: “Let’s be clear: without a coronavirus vaccine, we will never be able to live normally again.”

So it’s unfinished, this business of escape artistry, of finding the new in a delimited world.

My partner and I live in northeast London, a mosaic of Victorian …

In My Family’s American Dream, Bootstraps Met Blocks of Government Cheese

After an Arduous Journey Emigrating from Vietnam in the ‘70s, the Author Benefitted from Both Personal Resilience and Public Assistance

I spoke my first words on a boat: “milk,” “cockroach,” and “itchy.” An unusual toddler vocabulary perhaps, but not surprising considering that I spent the second year of my …

Have 24 Gallons of Water—Will Hike

Cheryl Strayed and Meghan Daum On Redemption, Memoirs, and Going Wild

“I love redemption,” said Cheryl Strayed, author of the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. “But I hate redemption tales that pretend that redemption is …