(Eric Molinsky)

This time of year is heavy on reflection and repentance. For Darin Strauss, the guest on this week’s Vox Tablet podcast (which will run tomorrow), these are familiar emotions.

Twenty years ago, he was in a terrible car accident in which a high school classmate died. In his forthcoming memoir, Half a Life, he forces himself to look back at what happened in greater detail, and with greater honesty, than he’d ever done before. The act of writing the book was, for him, a kind of ritualized repentance—not unlike Yom Kippur, as he explains here:

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