Charles Whitman’s Suicide Note

Sunday July 31, 1966 6:45pm I don’t quite understand what it is that compels me to type this letter. Perhaps it is to leave some vague reason for the actions I have recently performed. I don’t really understand myself these days. I am supposed to be an average reasonable and intelligent young man. However, lately (I can’t recall when it started) I have been a … Continue reading Charles Whitman’s Suicide Note

16 Years of War in Afghanistan, In Pictures

Originally published in the New York Times Lens Blog on August 22, Rod Nordland KABUL, Afghanistan — Soon after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States military’s attention turned to Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda’s leaders were based. The world awaited an invasion that many knew was sure to come. What nobody knew was that the invasion to rout the Taliban and Al Qaeda … Continue reading 16 Years of War in Afghanistan, In Pictures

The Depressed Person, David Foster Wallace

First published in Harper’s Magazine, January 1998.  The depressed person was in terrible and unceasing emotional pain, and the impossibility of sharing or articulating this pain was itself a component of the pain and a contributing factor in its essential horror. Despairing, then, of describing the emotional pain itself, the depressed person hoped at least to be able to express something of its context- its shape … Continue reading The Depressed Person, David Foster Wallace

What Makes Life Worth Living? Karl Ove Knausgaard

August 28. Now, as I write this, you know nothing about anything, about what awaits you, the kind of world you will be born into. And I know nothing about you. I have seen an ultrasound image and have laid my hand on the belly in which you are lying, that is all. Six months remain until you will be born, and anything at all … Continue reading What Makes Life Worth Living? Karl Ove Knausgaard