During the night something like a miracle happened: Jim’s age grew an extra digit. He was nine when he went to sleep, but ten years old when he woke up. The extra number had weight, like a muscle. Jim hefted it like a prize. The ages of men contained two numbers. Jim’s age contained two numbers….
‘When I think of menopause I don’t think of hot flashes; I am not here to talk about hot flashes.’ Mary Ruefle on menopause.
Urvashi Butalia on the life of transgender Mona Ahmed and her search for a feminine identity.
The Weak Spot
‘Murder class was the new thing, but of course they didn’t call it that. They called it Specialised Life Skills for Girls.’ – Sophie Mackintosh
woman is a construct
‘woman is basically meant / to be a residential complex’ – A poem by Angélica Freitas, translated from the Portuguese by Hilary Kaplan.
Rachel Cusk on motherhood, marriage and separation.
Letter of Apology
‘One can only argue with an intellectual like Konstantyn Illych if one speaks to him on his level.’
Bohemian Rhapsody in Five Acts
Tiffany Murray on living with Freddie Mercury as a child.