Shortly after I lost my job teaching, I began taking my daughter on walks through the rural cemetery near the housing tract where we lived. We’d walk at dusk to watch the crows arrive from all corners of our small city, thousands of them, all reptile black and shiny, all cronking and cawing, a re…
This is New
‘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.
‘Part of what made him interesting was that I felt he would dismiss me the moment I bored him.’
‘Members of the committee, I am bitter, it’s true. But this doesn’t change the facts.’
Climb the Mountains
'Harm that comes through the hands of those we love must be wrestled with; it does not simply disappear.'