Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.
In an era of chronic self-exposure, authors are pushing back against naked revelation.
For Marilynne Robinson, who has been called America’s George Eliot, loss and loneliness do not rule out solace.
My time acting the part of a patient to teach medical students, and then becoming a real patient myself, taught me the nature of learning empathy.