For Uri Felix Rosenheim with gratitude
But Why Write? The Writer-To-Be
‘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.
Rachel Cusk on motherhood, marriage and separation.
Furniture of Desire
‘It took him only a moment to eliminate all doubt. The opportunity was ripe.’
‘I believe in the harmony of my friendship to Gisela rather than in the binding force that the institution of marriage is said to represent.’
Murasaki’s Paper Trail
Martin Puchner on how Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the Japanese court, manage to write the first great novel of world literature.