When I began training seriously as a scuba diver, I started reading a series of reports on the deaths of American divers. The publication, Report on Diving Accidents and Fatalities, is published annually by the Divers Alert Network, a group of medical doctors associated with the recompression (hyperbaric) chamber facilities at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. The case histories in these reports, describing virtually every fatal dive accident involving a US diver in a given year, offer medical and technical information in the hope that future, potentially fatal, dive accidents might be avoided. In many cases, it is a small mistake in a stressful situation that leads to death.
Threshold | State of Mind
‘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.
‘The effort to know a place deeply is, ultimately, an expression of the human desire to belong, to fit somewhere.’
Waiting for Salmon
‘The world, we too often forget, has no investment or interest in the triumph of Homo sapiens’