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‘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.
‘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 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.
‘We hope that the copilot knows the terrain well. That his mask of youth conceals the face of a seasoned veteran of war. That he knows the minefields because he helped plant them.’
Granta editor Anne Meadows writes about Khirbet Khizeh, the great Israeli novel of war and doubt.
‘No one knows how to wait like soldiers. There is no time or place that soldiers are not waiting and waiting.’
‘Europe awoke to a freezing post-war dawn. The winter of 1947 was the worst ever recorded.’
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