I was recently at a party and found myself talking to a linguist and he told me that we had been pronouncing komik’c-ed incorrectly but that it meant pretty much what my mother claimed it meant.
‘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.
‘We went directly out of the theatre and into the streets, my mother weeping on the little usher's arm.’
‘She was Some Pig. Her eggs easily incorporated the human genetic code. All her piglets were star patents.’