The hotel room was dark and cool. The shutters were closed. Outside, in the warm garden, the early evening birdsong was carrying on; more distantly, the country town noise of hooters, klaxons, cars left idling in the main street. If you closed your eyes, and concentrated, you would probably be able …
‘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.
Trying to Understand
‘I liked his humourless intelligence, so redundant and so excessive in an MP.’