John Leland is a reporter at The New York Times, and the author of "Happiness Is a Choice You Make," "Hip: The History" and "Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of 'On the Road' (They’re Not What You Think)."
John’s Recent Stories
Nation Mar 26Learning how to think about death changed how I live
Viewing death as unrelated to life, or antithetical it, does a disservice to the days we have, because we don’t know how to value them, says John Leland. The journalist and author explains how an elderly friend changed his perspective…
Nation Mar 26Opinion: What a 91-year-old taught me about appreciating death
Every time I visited him he said he wanted to die. He wasn’t depressed or even sad – in fact, talking about dying always got him in a good mood. Wanting to die was the best reason to live.