Note: In its entirety, George Steiner’s The Portage to San Cristobal of A. H. is about one third longer than the text we present here. The novella has seventeen chapters of varying lengths; we do not print six of those chapters (in the original, numbers 2, 4, 5, 8, 11 and 12), and take only part f…
The Portage to San Cristobal of A. H.
‘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.
‘Come Christmas, sounds mix and multiply. And are shot through with smells.’