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….
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Who Killed Tolstoy?
Elif Batuman travels to the International Tolstoy Conference in Russia to determine, once and for all, if Leo Tolstoy was murdered.
Abuse, Silence, and the Light That Virginia Woolf Switched On
When Virginia Woolf was thirteen, she was abused by her half-brother George Duckworth. No one believed her – not even her biographers.
A Few Words about Fake Breasts
Nell Boeschenstein on the fraught discourse surrounding post-mastectomy reconstruction.
Jillian Weise explains what being a cyborg really means.
The Man Who Lived
Snigdha Poonam reports from India, where rumours spreading over WhatsApp fuel flash mobs, political violence and murder.
The Pine Islands
‘Gilbert Silvester woke up distraught. Mathilda’s black hair lay spread out on the pillow next to him, tentacles of a malevolent pitch-black jellyfish.’
The Silk Road
‘The choice of starting point wasn’t important; the important thing was to cycle through the same sequence of edges.’