Life is dull if there’s no story to listen to or nothing to watch. When I was a child, if we weren’t staring out of the window at the street and the passers-by, or into the apartments of the building opposite, we were listening to the radio, on top of which a small porcelain dog perpetually slep…
Our most popular reads of 2018
Who Killed Tolstoy?
Elif Batuman travels to the International Tolstoy Conference in Russia to determine, once and for all, if Leo Tolstoy was murdered.
Abuse, Silence, and the Light That Virginia Woolf Switched On
When Virginia Woolf was thirteen, she was abused by her half-brother George Duckworth. No one believed her – not even her biographers.
A Few Words about Fake Breasts
Nell Boeschenstein on the fraught discourse surrounding post-mastectomy reconstruction.
Jillian Weise explains what being a cyborg really means.
The Man Who Lived
Snigdha Poonam reports from India, where rumours spreading over WhatsApp fuel flash mobs, political violence and murder.
The Boy Who Watched the Ships Go By
’For the last thirty years I've been keeping track of the ships that sail through the Bosporus’.