In terms of their readership, science fiction and traditional literature have rarely shared comfortable company. Except for their momentary crossbreeding in the works of H. G. Wells, the two have stood poles apart in the minds of readers, as distant as Jules Verne from James Joyce, Edgar Rice Burrou…
‘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.
‘The map of the old horizon was like being haunted by a grotesque fairy tale, something that when voiced came out not as words but as sounds in the aftermath of an atrocity.’
hardcore thigh burn | Discoveries
This week’s Discoveries is full of rad poetry, translations and criticism.