Our Nicky’s Heart
‘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.
Fishing, Writing and Ted: An Appreciation
‘Sometimes it haunts you like a knell, sometimes it's the motto for unimagined privilege.’
Making an Elephant
‘The death of a father is, in most cases, an inevitable passage of life.’
The Butcher of Bermondsey
‘Then he led me out into the noise and the glare and the stink.’