The Death of Ivan Ilych and a Mid-Life Crisis

By Matt Friedman When I was 16 years old, I read Tolstoy’s short story, The Death of Ivan Ilych. Ivan Ilych grew up in Russia. Like most young men of means, he went to the right school, married the right woman, got the right job, and moved up in the system. But along the way,Continue reading “The Death of Ivan Ilych and a Mid-Life Crisis”


My Cat Theory

Sometimes simple misunderstandings start with something innocent and then grow into something unintended. This happened to me at a reception in Bangladesh. During one of my many trips to this country, I was invited to a post-conference reception at a private home. It was a lovely place, with plenty of space for the 60 peopleContinue reading “My Cat Theory”