Andrew Ladd Shares a snapshot of childhood in 1990s Scotland.
Andrew Ladd is the blog editor for Ploughshares. His work also has appeared in Apalachee Review, CICADA, Memoir Journal, Paper Darts, and The Rumpus, among others, and his first novel, What Ends (New Issues Press, January 2014), was the winner of the 2012 AWP Prize in the Novel. Follow Andrew on Twitter @agoodladd.
A new book about neuroscience says humans are nothing more than the connections between our brain cells. How does that change what it means to be a good man?
Steven Pinker’s new book argues that our culture has become less violent. Andrew Ladd wonders what other evils that decline might hide.
A light-hearted new book by Damon Young and Panama Jackson about dating that suggests the debate about being a good man has become too intellectual.
Andrew Ladd reviews a new book about surfing, and wonders what it can teach us about being a good man.
Sometimes living a ‘green’ lifestyle can seem difficult if not impossible. Andrew Ladd reviews three recent books that try to figure out why.
If you didn’t watch the Women’s World Cup final last month, you missed out on more than a great match. Andrew Ladd reviews three books that explain how soccer can save society.
Prizewinning author Oscar Hijuelos talks to Andrew Ladd about his new memoir, growing up in Harlem, and men’s struggle for identity.
Andrew Ladd reviews Robert Lipsyte’s An Accidental Sportswriter and considers the problem of homophobia in professional sports.
Andrew Ladd interviews Bruce Eric Kaplan (better known to readers of “The New Yorker” as BEK), who has a new book out.
Get your bearings straight and be ready to roll on a wheelless skateboard
Students are failing to ask for financial aid
Because cutting your beard is a bit depressing. Especially when your mother wants the hair.
What is normal? What is creativity?
Leo Babauta would like to assure you that you’re doing nothing wrong. That you don’t need to optimize or do things better.
As professional wrestling’s biggest yearly event “WrestleMania” approaches Sunday, Joe Rutland looks back fondly at a time where “sports entertainment” was a welcome diversion.
The race doesn’t begin at the starting line, it begins with the desire to run.
Julie France discusses the seemingly unbridgeable divide currently separating the Israeli left from the Israeli right.
There is wonder and beauty still left in this world if you know how and where to look.
At what time is somebody allowed to move past their indiscretions and live a normal, happy life? Turns out revenge isn’t so sweet.
The stories you share with your sons will be part of their lives forever.
Lust, love, and life.
Innovation and Marketing are coming around, why is Leadership dragging its feet?
David Packman discusses the importance of play in a child’s development.
When we love, we can often stumble into loss. Nathan Graziano shares with us the story of one of his first loves, leaving us to reel in the heartbreaking reality that is loving someone with depression.
Lodro Rinzler has a new take on the question every kid is asked: What do you want to be when you grow up?
What do we do when someone we know—a friend, a brother, a family member—is found to be abusing someone else? Saumya Arya Haas, with great sadness, decided what she needed to do.
There is a beauty in the human connection that comes from falling in love with someone you don’t know.
You know that moment when you’d like to rip her clothes off, and she’s given you the green light, and you are just too tired to care? That job.
My son got a sports locker. And his room and I thank him for it.