P.T. saw them long before they reached the cabin. There were two in the car, a red Pinto – the kind Englishmen liked to rent – bumping up the track around the ploughed hill, scattering dust, chickens, and the brighter red cardinal birds. At the top they drew in behind P.T.’s old pick-up truck….
Ol’ Black Rock
‘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.
Grandma Norman and the Queen
‘From the fifties to the seventies the Queen hadn't put a foot wrong.’
Bohemian Rhapsody in Five Acts
Tiffany Murray on living with Freddie Mercury as a child.
A young film composer turns to prostitution in a short story by Naben Ruthnum, set in a Rome of the early 1970s.