It was a warm day in early spring when I had my first long conversation with the entomologist and science studies scholar Sainath Suryanarayanan.
Daddy's gone to war. What solace can a child take from a soldier doll with his father's face? The post Daddy Doll appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Helen didn’t know me, but she loved me. I met her at the nursing home when the Catholic lay minister asked me if I would bring her, a Protestant, communion.
Coaxing music from trash, the children of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura refuse to be defined by poverty The post Landfill Harmonic appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
A boy called R becomes zombified during the zombie apocalypse and for eight years he is alone, shambling around an abandoned airport, groaning at fellow zombies and searching for human flesh.
Ethiopian coffee is highly prized – not least by the locals who drink it, bless with it, and work together to produce it The post There Is Only Coffee appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
The loveliest image I know is Fra Angelico’s ‘Entry of the Blessed into Paradise’, a scene from his painting The Last Judgment of 1431.
Amazing hidden worlds become visible through the Victorian art of arranging microscopic algae in kaleidoscopic patterns The post The Diatomist appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Every spring a pro-life group – one whose campaigning methods are so shockingly offensive that I won’t publish their name here – sets up shop on my university’s campus quad.
James Cameron’s underwater adventure The Abyss (1989) is widely considered the first film to have successfully made extensive use of computer-generated imagery, or CGI, to show audiences something they could never witness otherwise.
A micro-agriculture programme offers hope for a girl living in a rigidly patriarchal society in rural India The post After My Garden Grows appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Colin Furze doesn’t necessarily chase world records; they just tend to be the end result of his eccentric inventions The post Colin Furze: Inside the Mind of an Inventor appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
One morning after her accident, a woman I’ll call Kate awoke in a daze. She looked at the man next to her in bed.
More than 50 years after participating in secret US Army nuclear tests, Darrell Robertson can finally tell his story The post X-Ray Man appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
The artist Francis Alÿs turns a classic children's game into a poetic, imaginative rumination on the nature of play The post Sillas (Musical Chairs) appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Brian Hunt and I sat under a redwood tree in his rutted, gravel driveway in a rural part of Sonoma County, California.
In the middle of every month, when the moon is full, and straight after payday, Louise meets Tom in a smart hotel in north Sydney to indulge in what she calls ‘my little ritual’.
In an Irish pub, the switch from analogue to digital TV brings up life’s big questions: death, money, politics, the soul The post Analogue People in a Digital Age appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Watching a rocket as it slowly starts to heave itself out of Earth’s deep gravity well and then streaks up into the blue, you suddenly grasp on a visceral level the energies involved in space exploration.
Michael’s love of surfing seems ordinary enough until you see what it takes for him to get out on the ocean The post Birthright appeared first on Aeon Magazine.