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…
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Who Killed Tolstoy?
Elif Batuman travels to the International Tolstoy Conference in Russia to determine, once and for all, if Leo Tolstoy was murdered.
Abuse, Silence, and the Light That Virginia Woolf Switched On
When Virginia Woolf was thirteen, she was abused by her half-brother George Duckworth. No one believed her – not even her biographers.
A Few Words about Fake Breasts
Nell Boeschenstein on the fraught discourse surrounding post-mastectomy reconstruction.
Jillian Weise explains what being a cyborg really means.
The Man Who Lived
Snigdha Poonam reports from India, where rumours spreading over WhatsApp fuel flash mobs, political violence and murder.
‘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.’