In Lublin, listening to news on the Voice of America and the BBC World Service, my Polish companion and I heard about strikes in some factories, demonstrations in the major cities and the arrest of eight hundred people. This ‘streaming’ of events defines the political situation in Poland; it als…
‘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.
from Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues
‘She was visibly ageing you could tell / that soon it was going to be a long / desperate race between cellulite and silicone’.
Lake Like a Mirror
‘If she’d swerved any harder, she would have crashed right into the lake.’ New fiction by Ho Sok Fong, translated from the Chinese by Natascha Bruce.
The Best of Banned Books
‘Our Civilization cannot afford to let the censor-moron loose. The censor-moron does not really hate anything but the living and growing human consciousness.’ A very short history of the censor-moron in the United States.