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Notes on Craft

Missouri Williams

‘After a series of seizures in my temporal lobe, I started to forget words and say sentences backwards.’

Missouri Williams on the drive to circle back.

The Stars Are Blind

Anna Dorn

‘A few years ago, while in between jobs, I started doing astrology readings for cash.’

Anna Dorn on her astrology journey.

On Marble

Rachel Cusk

‘Two things – beauty and horror – are especially lasting.’

On Sizewell C

William Atkins

‘Where do we go, as a country, for power?’

William Atkins on the proposed nuclear power station in Suffolk.

Beyond Conversion Therapy

Kevin Childs

‘When I was growing up in his house, religion was his crutch, a justification for his behaviour.’

Kevin Childs on growing up queer in a Catholic household.

Joy and Insecurity in Port-au-Prince

Jason Allen-Paisant

‘The body is the first measurement of time: to reclaim time is to reclaim the body.’

Jason Allen-Paisant in Haiti.

My Mother Photographs Me in a Bath of Dead Squid

Lars Horn

‘She is not a conventionally “good” mother. But then, put like that, it sounds like a slow death sentence anyhow.’

Lars Horn on modeling for their artist mother.

Blue-Eyed Muggers

Alejandro Zambra

‘At every protest, when it was time to yell at the cops, I remembered my father and felt a turbulent emotion.’

Memoir by Alejandro Zambra on his father and his son.

Diary of a Journey to Senegal

Ishion Hutchinson

‘Sea night music: what is the music?’

Ishion Hutchinson in Senegal.

The Right to Intimacy

Raphaela Rosella & Nicole R. Fleetwood

‘Rosella and her co-creators curate an archive of pain, of endurance, of love and belonging, of alienation and disconnection.’

Nicole R. Fleetwood introduces the photography of Raphaela Rosella.

Hölzung

Muhammad Salah & Esther Kinsky

‘But what is an unencumbered gaze? And where does it begin to see?’

Esther Kinsky introduces a photoessay by Muhammad Salah.

Being-in-the-World

Geoff Dyer

‘Even experienced users get scared because it’s so far out.’ Geoff Dyer on ageing and understanding the self.

Notes on Craft

Amy Bloom

‘Revision for me is relief. It is reassurance.’

Amy Bloom on the pleasures of revising.

The Lapwing Act

Patrick Galbraith

‘We claimed the places that were theirs and they were forced to take refuge on what we left behind.’

An excerpt from In Search of One Last Song.