‘What a scatterbrain, what a feckless girl’—so my mother would say of me to a guest, a visiting policeman, a neighbour coming over about some farm problem. ‘What a harum-scarum!’ Did she believe in the evil eye? No. And the Chinese, who, we are told, may say of their own, ‘This is my wor…
Chickens and Eggs
State of Mind
Nothing to be afraid of | State of Mind
Anil K. Seth on the ties between our brains, bodies and consciousness.
Brother | State of Mind
Max Porter on an extraordinary therapy session with his brother.
A Mingling | State of Mind
Siri Hustvedt on contagious emotions.
Mistaken | State of Mind
Maru Ruefle on the complexity of names.
Threshold | State of Mind
Berry Lopez on the interplay between love and fear.
Events in the Skies
‘He told me that when he remembered his childhood that aeroplane was in the sky.’
Doris Lessing: A London View
‘No one driving along it could possibly guess the truth.’
The Death of a Chair
‘To attack the chair I equipped myself with a saw, sharp scissors and a claw hammer.’