In the last three years I have driven along some of the smaller, less-travelled roads of the Mississippi Delta.
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‘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.
‘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 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.
Meet Gore Vidal in this excerpt from John Boyne’s novel A Ladder to the Sky.
‘A threatening soundlessness falls like a breeze onto our stone floor.’
‘I went to Ilford alone / was handed a pink laminated square’
Jack Losh reports from rebel-held Bria in the Central African Republic, where fighting has forced thousands into a displacement camp.
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