Explore Essays and memoir
‘Both has a way of being neither.’
An essay by Fran Lock from the anthology Queer Life, Queer Love.
Notes from an Island
‘When we woke up, the whole ocean was full of broken ice.’
An excerpt from Notes from an Island, with artwork by Tuulikki Pietilä and memoir by Tove Jansson, translated by Thomas Teal.
Elaine L. Wang remembers friendship, flag-raising ceremonies and class elections at elementary school in Beijing.
Larger than an Orange
An excerpt from Larger than an Orange, a book by Lucy Burns about abortion.
Notes on Craft
On journal keepers, from Sei Shōnagon to Susan Sontag.
Talismans of Blood and Memory
On the worldwide campaign to return sacred objects to the ancestral communities from which they were taken.
Indigenous Defenders: Why Tribes Do Conservation Better Than Conservationists
A chapter from A Trillion Trees: How We Can Reforest Our World.
Dodie Bellamy remembers her partner, the poet Kevin Killian.
The Sum of Life’s Troubles Makes a Whole Damn Dish
‘I have become the muscle of the operation, folding butter and egg yolks into the flour and kneading all two kilograms of dough’.
Nuraliah Norasid on women’s work.
Notes on Craft
Juliet Jacques on writing her trans and non-binary characters into being.
Pourquoi avec son Père?
‘To read Baudelaire, he said, is to gather up the world and bring it inside.’
Jeet Thayil on remembering Baudelaire in Paris and Cochin.
‘Unravelling refers to a textile that was once complete’.