When Heinrich made his first visit to his father in the hospice and asked him if he wanted anything, his father merely requested some philosophy books. He was not sure, the old man whispered as he tried to sit up in bed, that he would be able to read them, but nonetheless, he would like to have them…
A Visit to the Zoo
Rebecca Giggs watches the slow death of a beached humpback whale.
As a child, Primo Levi discovered the surprising brutality to raising tadpoles.
Witness: Butterflies on a Wheel
Anthony Doerr on the most marvellous thing he's ever seen: the migration of butterflies in Wyoming.
The loss of a cat leads to recollections of other losses in this memoir by Mary Gaitskill.
Hilary Mantel grew up with a dog she called Victor and a brother she called pig.
Letters to Donald Trump
Six writers and translators respond to Donald Trump’s travel bans. ‘It is always easy to invent enemies; it merely takes a failure of imagination.’
‘Last year father attacked me as a “wet radish”. This caused me to give up writing diary entries.’
‘The time of the Perseids never varied. That was why Dante’s mother had taught him the stars.’