The day following Michael Jackson’s death, I was constructing my own memorial for him. I played his videos on YouTube and sat in the kitchen at night, with the iPod light at the table’s centre the only source of illumination. I listened to ‘Man in the Mirror’ and ‘Ben’, my favourite, eve…
Thank You for Having Me
Rebecca Giggs watches the slow death of a beached humpback whale.
As a child, Primo Levi discovered the surprising brutality to raising tadpoles.
Witness: Butterflies on a Wheel
Anthony Doerr on the most marvellous thing he's ever seen: the migration of butterflies in Wyoming.
The loss of a cat leads to recollections of other losses in this memoir by Mary Gaitskill.
Hilary Mantel grew up with a dog she called Victor and a brother she called pig.
Agnes of Iowa
‘Her mother had given her the name Agnes, believing that a good-looking woman was even more striking when her name was a homely one.’
Acts of Infidelity
‘Anticipation made it difficult for Ester to swallow.’ Translated from the Swedish by Saskia Vogel.
‘Last year father attacked me as a “wet radish”. This caused me to give up writing diary entries.’