It’s rude to reduce people to a collection of body parts, but that’s precisely what some models want. Those who specialize in showing off hands, feet, legs, lips, and other elements are best known for being unrecognizable as the whole, as Chris Stokel-Walker examines in “Some of Their Parts.”
Medical professionals in hospitals have to keep a brave face around patients and even other staff. In “A Separate Peace,” Saul Hymes, a pediatrician, explains the secret places that help doctors, nurses, and others keep their wits about them when faced with endless days and grief.
Elisabeth Eaves said she had a great story about personal submarines in Malta. How could we say no to that? She brought back a report on the quirky idea of making tiny submarines for personal exploration, and she took her own dive down under in “His Life Aquatic.”
It’s an irrefutable truth that we are all aging. Rich Mogull has always been athletic. He can snap me in two, let me tell you. But as he’s aged, his body has rebelled, and in “Best Used By” he details the ailments and accommodations that have led him to his current level of satisfaction.
As part of the set of programs known as the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration was a way to get people earning money during the Great Depression. Celeste LeCompte finds that the WPA is still all around us, hidden. Read about how a group has set about documenting it in “Works in Progress.”