Remembering a novel in whose bold, curious, prying heroine Sharon Brody once recognized the kind of girl she knew she wanted to be.
A couple. A calendar. And increasing tension over planning nights out together.
The very idea of a so-called “safe space” on college campuses, intellectually and emotionally speaking, is anathema to what the academic experience should be: a vigorous exchange of ideas, even ones that might upset some people.
If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore.
It is hard to imagine a more counterproductive thing for a sexual harassment policy to do than to make it harder for us to discuss, teach, debate and improve sexual harassment policy – but that is what the university policy threatens to do.
A year and a half after the birth of their daughter, Hinda Mandell and her husband take back the night.
What a late night intruder taught Janna Malamud Smith about rabies, insurance and the differences between her and her husband.
Rather than simply hoping things work out and then throwing money at problems after they surface, we need to think through in detail how to support all of America’s veterans.
Some make the ultimate sacrifice, and others are never the same again. All of America’s servicemen and women, however, endure a host of daily hardships while serving their country, and we owe them our gratitude.
Miles Howard takes issue with a piece we recently published.
For years, [my son’s] death wish trumped everything. If he could not perform the act himself, then he wanted me to do it for him. It was the one and only sacrifice I could never make for him.
A look at how women candidates running for high office frame the role of motherhood in their campaigns.
A video called “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” isn’t just the hottest viral sensation. It’s a snapshot of what tens of millions of women experience day after day, week after week, year after year.
Perhaps he was able to do what he did because he was not looking around the corner for the next rung of the electoral ladder. He had reached the pinnacle of his ambitions.
I’m supporting the expanded Bottle Bill to include plastic water bottles and sports drinks, because it’s good for the environment, saves energy and puts money back into the pockets of consumers.
Mayor Menino loved Boston. Everyone says it. But to know him, to work with him, was to discover layers upon layers of his love for the job, the city and its people.
Whether we saw each other weekly or after an absence of six months, nearly his first words of greeting were invariably about the tree. How’s that tree doin’? Tree good? How’s the tree?
I know how difficult language is for him. But we keep at it.
Doctors’ unconscious biases about sexual orientation can adversely affect their treatment of LGBT patients. New national guidelines aim to fix that.
A hard, critical look at “Imagine,” the song that — sadly and improperly — personifies John Lennon’s legacy for far too many people.
The assault highlighted the nation’s struggle to come to terms with the murder of its most prominent civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s a cliche: holidays have lost their meaning and commercialism has taken over. But this holiday seemed different… until now.
One thing I’ve re-learned, too late in my life to do anything about, is that sunbathing is bad for pale skin.
Some of the most heinous crimes in recent memory have been carried out by young men.
If we could know how much time we have left, how would we use it, and how would that change our perception of time?
Much to my middle-age, music-snob surprise, one of the highlights of my summer was attending a One Direction concert with my 15-year-old daughter.
Master chef Thomas Keller says he cares about cooking great food, not about worrying whether it’s local. But Kathy Gunst says in today’s world, that’s the wrong recipe.
As electronic gaming grows, and the digital world becomes more ubiquitous, interest in participatory storytelling is on the rise. Audiences don’t just want to passively absorb, they want to participate.
When good intentions and cultural expectations collide.
In our family, books dominate every holiday. If that isn’t you, then you’re doing it wrong!
Two brothers, one of them disabled, get by on the kindness of strangers.
For this woman, our shared New England history wasn’t one. The melting pot had never really melted.
The holiday really begins 24 hours before the main event.
Remember when food was just something you ate?
My diagnosis forced me to slow down and simplify my life. The surprising consolation of an otherwise unpleasant life event. But as my health improves, will I remember to take the time?
My dad is in his late innings now, possibly in the ninth, but he’s not out yet. Not as long as the Red Sox still come first.
What happens when you say “I don’t know”? You never know.
We’ve gotten so used to seeing TV screens everywhere — taxis, gas stations, elevators, even bathrooms. It seems we’re never more than a foot or two away from our next media experience.
As my condition worsens and things become more difficult, I know I will need to let more people in.
What makes your birthday special — aside from the fact, of course, that you entered our world — is that it marks a fundamental victory for the cause of love over hate.
Is America really ready to embrace a “race neutral” approach to equality? The majority of the U.S. Supreme Court apparently thinks so.
Certainly, Universal Studios has the right to offer visitors a “V.I.P Experience.” But that doesn’t mean they should.
Every year, whether I’m mindful of the date or not, the anniversary of my late father’s cancer diagnosis brings on a physical reaction.
The purported battle between “stay-at-home” mothers and “working” mothers is officially over. But was there ever really a conflict to begin with?
Once upon a time, when your kid was graduating college you gave him a briefcase. Times have changed.
Like the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Travis Roy’s life changed in matter of seconds. Now, nearly 20 years after the accident that left him paralyzed, he offers a message of hope and consolation to the survivors struggling to come to grips with a new normal.
In Boston’s delicate early spring, subject to changing temperatures and still wintry nights, we are haunted by memories, good and bad.
The notion that veiling and Islam somehow connote evil bothered me, and I wanted to do my small part to disrupt it, even if it meant running 3 miles clad head-to-toe in black.
The manhunt and capture of alleged 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brought out my motherly instincts in a surprising way.
But what if it were random instead? Might it shed some much needed light on the rat race that is getting into college?
“Lean In” pushes women to work full-time in high-powered jobs, even through motherhood. But it seems to willfully disregard one glaring fact: A great many of us don’t want to.
This what so many autism parents like me believe about our own children, but we forget. We forget it every single day, because we see so little of the evidence we need.
When we have children, we begin the only relationship in our lives built on the absolute understanding and expectation that they will grow beyond us and leave. And yet somehow when it happens, it can come as a shock.
Big News: Leah Hager Cohen‘s Cog essay, “The Courage To Say ‘I Don’t Know,'” has been expanded into a book! Described by publisher, Riverhead, as “a short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt,” Kirkus calls it “refreshingly wise and open-minded.” Get your copy here. Congrats, LHC. We are very proud.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.