Issue No. 18 | Rites of Passage
The only constant is change, as the saying goes, so just embrace it. But there are moments when transitions don’t happen gradually—when the shifts are more precipitous than piecemeal, destabilizing rather than clarifying. This month we’re looking at all manner of life passages, both the warmly anticipated and the unexpected, and some of the traditions that surround them. Anchored by The View From Here, a powerful documentary series from filmmaker Scott Z. Burns involving frank conversations about death, the issue also includes stories such as cartoonist Mimi Pond’s comedic take on confronting menopause; photographer Samantha Cabrera Friend’s look at the modern quinceañera; and a report from writer Jen Doll on the world of Phish fans, some of whom are now sharing the quasi-religious noodling experience with a new generation—namely, their own kids.