I lay in bed that first night at boarding school, listening to the silence wrap around me. Instead of hearing my father’s voice chanting the shahada – ‘There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His prophet’ – I heard my own voice whispering: ‘Mahdi, Mahdi, Mahdi – this is all because …
The Mother of All Sins
After the Fact
In 2015, Peter Pomerantsev went to Donbas, Ukraine, to investigate war-zone propaganda
Travels in Pornland
Andrea Stuart explores the divide between mainstream and feminist porn
Sarah Gerard on life in one of America's more unconventional cults
Violence in Blue
Patrick Ball measures the undocumented police killings in the United States
Melissa Febos on the origins of her interest in dominating men
Ways of Looking
‘He is like a mantling hawk, his heft and body spreading over his prey as he tears off pieces of her with his eyes.’ Lulah Ellender on the male gaze.
Nuala O’Connor’s short story about Nora Barnacle, and her first meetings with James Joyce.
The Break-up of the Ice
‘Deeper in the port, a woman was speaking, a knitting process in which letters were picked and drawn out of loops of sound, detaching in part and rejoining, like a sort of memory.’ New fiction by Lucie Elven