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…
‘When I think of menopause I don’t think of hot flashes; I am not here to talk about hot flashes.’ Mary Ruefle on menopause.
Urvashi Butalia on the life of transgender Mona Ahmed and her search for a feminine identity.
The Weak Spot
‘Murder class was the new thing, but of course they didn’t call it that. They called it Specialised Life Skills for Girls.’ – Sophie Mackintosh
woman is a construct
‘woman is basically meant / to be a residential complex’ – A poem by Angélica Freitas, translated from the Portuguese by Hilary Kaplan.
Rachel Cusk on motherhood, marriage and separation.
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’.