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1. Life Lines
Daniel Zalewski | The New Yorker | March 23, 2015 | 40 minutes (10,032 words)
An artist with amnesia finds comfort and stability by drawing. She’s also helping researchers learn more about the way our brains work.
2. Death, Redesigned
Jon Mooallem | The California Sunday Magazine | March 20, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,607 words)
A global design firm makes an attempt to change the way we prepare for death.
3. Yarmouk Miniatures
Matthew McNaught | n+1 | Feb. 24, 2015 | 43 minutes (10,800 words)
Reflections on living and reading in Syria in the lead-up to the Civil War.
4. The Monster Next Door
Michele McPhee | Boston Magazine | March 24, 2015 | 24 minutes (6,010 words)
A Boston-based federal agent investigates a war criminal hiding in the U.S.
5. The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan’s Floating World
Lisa Hix | Collectors Weekly | March 26, 2015 | 18 minutes (4,714 words)
A glimpse into the difficult lives of Edo-Period Japanese prostitutes.