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Mark Gevisser examines the personal, political and social issues of transgender identity in America.
‘It took me seven years of marriage to figure out that my wife is a hardcore Pearl Jam fan.’
‘I came home this past fall to the Chicago suburb where I’d lived with my parents from age nine until I left for college in 2008, and I moved back into my childhood bedroom.’
‘He not only sees the World Cup as a ceasefire, but also as a series of sleights of hand that hide what’s really going on, political debauchery, spin and chicanery.’
The Beauty of the Package
‘You can throw yourself into any fantasy, she (and her country) might have been saying, so long as you don’t mistake it for real life.’
The Case of the Missing Miss Vincent
‘There is a sound to finishing a story like the first note of the 3.30 bell. Inside him a great crowd goes pouring into the daylight.’
‘The following are some of the Japanese players who also appeared in the major leagues during the Age of Ichiro.’
‘Peter Mitchell died on a frontier, not so much between black and white, or between the landed and the landless, as between the past and the future.’
The Emily Dickinson Series
The Emily Dickinson Series is a collection of collages by Janet Malcolm that appear in Granta 126: do you remember.
‘When he stepped into the cage he was doing battle with a disease. The disease was the feeling of powerlessness that takes hold of even the most powerful.’
The Magic Box
‘It never gets dark in Times Square. Sometimes I’d wake at two or three or four and watch waves of neon pass through my room.’ An essay on David Wojnarowicz's work, life and archives.
The Power of a Grandmother Named Tranquilina
'Never underestimate the power of a grandmother to leave her mark on coming generations, or the taste of her cooking to cause an epiphany big enough to give the world a shiver.'
The Question of Fate
‘The possibility that I’d unwittingly tapped into her fate and used it as fuel for a story sickened me.’
Thing with Feathers that Perches in the Soul
‘It has to be love, doesn’t it? In however many of its infinite permutations?’
Three Football Books
‘Football is a game; it’s not real life. But in a continent as illogical as Latin America, the lines blur.’
Three Japanese Books
‘Each word is a snowflake falling, and with each paragraph the snow settles deeper.’
Toh EnJoe | First Sentence
‘I think that the thing called thought can be viewed as rooted in the very real phenomenon of neurons firing.’
‘My curiosity about lesbianism was an accomplice of my feminism: a path that allowed me to be sexual and free.’
When Did I Become a Writer?
‘I am often asked when I became a writer, and I have taken to not rushing my answer.’