From the Magazine

How the Mind Works

Between the Lines
The better we understand the brain's processes, the more artful our writing can be.

An Apprentice to the World

Writer at Work
Adelheid Fischer visits biomimicry expert Janine Benyus, who puts her theories to the test in her Montana backyard.

Writing Motherhood

Then & Now
Parenting blogs and magazines have become ubiquitous, but is the literature of motherhood still undervalued?

What's the Story #60

From the Editor
The good, the bad, and the biting truth: the writing in this issue is what creative nonfiction is all about.

Before We’re Writers, We’re Readers

Required Reading
Fifteen contemporary writers of creative nonfiction discuss the nonfiction books they remember best from childhood and which influenced them as writers.

I Survived the Blizzard of ’79

As the snow falls ever heavier and the temperature drops ever lower in the author's hometown, she ventures out into a world of white.

The Marrying Kind

Married for twenty years, happily divorced for six, the author vowed never to wed again—except in the role of officiant.


Writer at Work
New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox has the last word

The Pit and the Page

"I can’t think about my mother, who is dying slowly and furiously. My grief is an unpacked box of sharp pieces stacked in a dark storeroom; I lug around a catalog of unfinished business."

What's the Story #59

From the Editor
These days, we’re free—for better or for worse, as the traditional ceremony puts it—to pick and choose rather than relying on tradition to tell us.