In the past two decades American fiction seems to have yielded more great short stories than great novels, and several of the best contemporary writers write primarily, or exclusively, short fiction. Experimentation has been massive, imaginative, and, as usual with experiments, mostly dismissible, b…
Chuckle or Gasp: a Note on the Work of Leonard Michaels
‘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.
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This week’s Discoveries is full of rad poetry, translations and criticism.