published in The New Yorker
There is both great pleasure and crippling anxiety when we imagine all of the possibilites our lives could take. What if we had made different choices? What if we were smarter, more athletic, better looking? Rothman reviews Andrew H. Miller's new book "On Not Being Someone Else: Tales of Our Unled Lives" (Harvard) and thinks about why imagining ourselves as different people is so important to us.
640 days ago