Matthew Davis is the founding director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center. The author of When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale (2010), his work has appeared in the The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Magazine, and Guernica, among other places. He has been an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America, a Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, and a Fulbright Fellow to Syria and Jordan. He holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
When America’s vaunted ethos of freedom becomes the greatest impediment to self-care....