The speech that Elias Canetti delivered in Vienna on the occasion of Hermann Broch’s fiftieth birthday, in November 1936, intrepidly sets out some of Canetti’s characteristic themes and is one of the handsomest tributes one writer has ever paid to another. Such a tribute creates the terms of a s…
‘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.
‘The more that places, customs, the circumstances of adventures are changed, the more we see that we amidst them are unchanging.’
Karl Kraus and Veza
‘It was natural that the rumors about both these people should reach me at the same time; they came from the same source, from which everything new for me came at that time.’
Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the Nobel Prize
The Nobel Committee announced the award by saying that Ishiguro, ‘in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.’