‘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
Isis in Darkness
Margaret Atwood presents a man pining for his lost love over decades.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
An extract from Madeleine Thien‘s Man-Booker shortlisted novel.
Zulu Romeo Foxtrot
Douglas Coupland on rock-star font Helvetica.
In Sight of the Lake
A women looks for control in a story by Alice Munro.
A mildewed dystopia from Camilla Grudova.
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.’