Lane Wallace

Lane Wallace is a pilot and adventure writer. She is the author of Surviving Uncertainty: Taking a Hero's Journey.

  • Adapting to "The New Plenty"

    A few weeks ago, I spoke with a man who makes his living selling new and used business jets. Which is to say, a man with the economic prospects of…

  • Surviving Uncertainty: A Few Tips

    In yesterday's NY Times Op Ed section, Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert wrote: "Our national gloom ... isn't a matter of insufficient…

  • How Pilots Evaluate Risk

    Just one more note on the subject of risk (discussed previously here) ...As mentioned in that previous post, most people underestimate the risks…

  • "Over the Wall"

    Illustrator Christoph Niemann's exhibit "Over the Wall," posted on the New York Times website this week, is a simple piece of work. In a captioned…

  • Worth Dying For?

    On Tuesday, Mt. Everest claimed yet another victim. Wu Wenhong was 40 years old ... an amateur climber from China who summited successfully, but…

  • Obsessing About Risk and Crashes

    Another note on our attitudes about risk ... Jane Brody wrote an excellent column in the Science Times yesterday about the "slippery slope from fear…

  • A Risk-Averse Nation?

    Back in February, I heard David Sanger, Washington correspondent for the New York Times, speak at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Sanger's…

  • Counterpoint: Individual vs. Institutional Thinking

    After I finished my last post defending a liberal arts education--especially in terms of an entrepreneur's willingness to challenge convention--a…

  • In Defense of the Liberal Arts

    We're entering commencement time, which means all kinds of notable people (the President and First Lady included) will be giving well-crafted…

  • The Wild West: Bias and Myth in Media (cont'd)

    A follow-up to my earlier post on the MoMA "Into the Sunset" exhibit ...My second thought on the subject: While it's true that any photo or story is…

  • The Wild West: Bias and Myth in Media

    The Museum of Modern Art in New York is currently running an exhibit called "Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West." The exhibit…

  • Best Locations to be Laid Off (cont'd)

    A follow-up to my last post about places in America where being "secure-job-free" (as a "car-free" Californian might put it) might be easier ... both…

  • Best Locations to be Out of a Job

    "Location, Location, Location," is the time-tested Rule #1 (and #2 and #3) for real estate dealings. A good location is the bottom-line determiner of…

  • The Hubble Mission and the Future of NASA

    If all goes according to plan, the shuttle Atlantis will lift off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center today for the last servicing…

  • Reality Check for New Graduates

    I have a soft spot in my heart for Minnesota Public Radio, having spent four years living in Garrison Keillor country back in the early 1990s. If you…

  • Searching for Control in a Risky World

    Right after I'd returned to the U.S. from a month-long trip flying relief supplies into Chad, Sudan, and the tumultuous eastern region of the…

  • Adventure, Uncertainty, and a Prism on the World

    Americans are huge fans of adventure. Man vs. Wild is a big hit. Survivor put reality shows on the map (for which I still want to have words with its…


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air



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