Adapted from Witchel's forthcoming memoir All Gone
. A daughter adjusts after her mother develops stroke-related dementia:
"Mom faced me. 'I want you to kill me,' she said solemnly. For decades, she insisted that if she was mentally compromised in any way, her children were to pull the plug. But the situations we’d imagined never included her being compromised outside of a hospital, lasting years on end.
"'I can’t kill you,' I answered steadily. 'I have a husband and two stepsons and a mortgage. Someone will find out, and then I’ll have to go to prison.'
"She sighed, exasperated.
"'I know this issue has always been important to you,' I said. 'So if you feel strongly about it, I understand that. You can end your own life. There are plenty of places that can help you do that.'
"She was monumentally offended. 'Committing suicide is against the Jewish religion!' she declared.
"I was dumbfounded. 'So is committing murder! Did you ever think of that?'
PUBLISHED: Sept. 7, 2012
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3614 words)
On his first day in Huntington, W. Va., Jamie Oliver spent the afternoon at Hillbilly Hot Dogs, pitching in to cook its signature 15-pound burger. That’s 10 pounds of meat, 5 pounds of custom-made bun, American cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayo. Then he learned how to perfect the Home Wrecker, the eatery’s famous 15-inch, one-pound hot dog (boil first, then grill in butter).
PUBLISHED: Oct. 6, 2009
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4619 words)