Terry and I entertained hundreds of couples over the years, and I don’t think we were unusual. Most of them were gay, of course, but there were some straights in there too. Some of them may even have been married, though I don’t particularly remember. It takes all sorts, doesn’t it?
‘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.
What I’m Listening To
‘Obscure repertoire is a sensible hiding-place for mediocre technique.’