‘Eating figs is different for girls.’ She says this because she is being sexy for him to pass their time: standing in a queue and over-gently, over-carefully setting her lips to the fig, destroying it in an affectionate way. The round blush and kiss of the skin, the neat, small burden in her han…
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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.
A.L. Kennedy | First Sentence
‘I have never seen anyone eat figs in the street and feel I am unsurprised.’
Introducing Tatiana Salem Levy
Tatiana Salem Levy is introduced by previous double Best of Young British Novelist, A.L. Kennedy.
Home: Reflections for Anthony Shadid
‘I realize it is my fault: whenever I live in any country, everything turns wrong. I see it as a gift.’