In the early 1970s, I went to China to study. My subject was meant to be Chinese literature of the twentieth century, but the timing was unfortunate: the Cultural Revolution was still unfolding and Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing, had banished or otherwise disposed of the authors and the writing that inter…
Made in China
‘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.
1911, The Other Revolution
‘Anniversaries, of course, can be a two-edged sword: they invite historical reappraisal.’
After the Olympics Left
‘Once I came home at the end of August, it was as if nothing had ever happened. Indeed, nothing had.‘