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A Boat Ride to the Confluence of the Two Niles
‘April 2022 marked my first visit to my ancestral homeland in seven years.’
Memoir by Isma’il Kushkush.
A World of Networks and Vines
‘No one is alone in their bed anymore.’
An excerpt from Sleepless by Marie Darrieussecq, translated by Penny Hueston.
Memory of Light
‘Until a few years ago, to even mention the monarchy with a questioning undertone was taboo.’
Prabda Yoon on democracy in Thailand.
My Time Machine
‘How do we imagine the past of those we love?’
Arthur Asseraf on family and fractured memories.
‘I came to the magazine in 2005 and took over the editorship in 2013.’
Sigrid Rausing introduces her last issue.
Reports from the Front: Winter 2023
‘I repeat: the landscape of war is an acoustic landscape.’
Peter Englund on the war in Ukraine, translated from the Swedish by Sigrid Rausing.
‘I see this everywhere. The creativity, resourcefulness and incredible talent for improvisation in Egypt.’
Wiam El-Tamami on returning to Cairo.
‘Postures of graceful receptivity, or surrender. How do we tell the difference?’
A.K. Blakemore introduces Suzie Howell’s photographs.
The Index of Porosity
‘Is there in fact a jostling for dominance between the art forms, some barely suppressed competitiveness?’
Adam Mars-Jones on music and ceremony.
One Day It Will all Make Sense
‘It occurs to me then that he has not invited me for dinner, but my alter ego from the page.’
Tabitha Lasley on writing and dating.
A Report on Music in Ukraine
‘Nights at the opera in Ukraine – where everything, including every kind of music, has changed.’
Ed Vulliamy on music in Ukraine.
Journal Excerpts 1997–1999
‘gormandizing, gluttonous, lickerish, guttling’
Excerpts from Lydia Davis’s diary.
Once a Dancer
‘What happens to a dancer when they stop dancing?’
Diana Evans on dancing and writing.