Klaus Shawano lives in exactly half of the bottom floor of a duplex built in 1872 and owned now by his friend and boss, Richard Whiteheart Beads. His main room, once the dining room, has a rippled old window topped with a stained-glass panel. Even though the old window looks directly into the window…
The Ojibwe Week
‘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.
‘Seven corporations control the afterlife now, and many people spend their lives amassing the money to upload into the best.’
First Sentence: Louise Erdrich
‘We live in these places out of necessity, lucky to have them out of the terrible explosion of humanity.’
The Names of Women
‘Ikwe is the word for woman in the language of the Anishinabe, my mother's people, whose descendants, mixed with and married to French trappers and farmers, are the Michifs of the Turtle Mountain reservation in North Dakota.‘