The Price of Living Long

The Price of Living Long

As we celebrate more birthdays, and the number of people living to be ninety or even hundred is no longer uncommon, behind the celebration lurks the painful reminder that longevity comes at a price. The golden years may not be so golden when we realize that brain...
Finding Youth in a Retirement Home

Finding Youth in a Retirement Home

I live at Ingersoll Place, an assisted living facility in Niskayuna, New York. I pay a monthly rent for a one bedroom apartment with three closets and a kitchenette. I am allowed a microwave oven in my kitchen, but I am forbidden to use it for major cooking.  The rent...
An Odyssey into Jazz

An Odyssey into Jazz

Indian Americans are scaling new heights in the performing arts; participating and interpreting mainstream music in distinctive ways. Vijay Iyer is one such artist—an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, producer, and writer. Jazz combines the best of African, South...
The Last Honest Man

The Last Honest Man

After a collection of short stories, Between the Assassinations, Adiga comes back to the novel form, setting Last Man in Tower in Mumbai, where real estate can be the fast track to riches. In Last Man in Tower, India has not changed much in the three years following...
A Daunting Enemy

A Daunting Enemy

Medicine,” says Mukherjee, “begins with storytelling. Patients tell stories to describe illness; doctors tell stories to understand it. Science tells its own story to explain diseases.” Mukherjee chooses a narrative structure that is one of the oldest and most...