This is a photograph of a twenty-first birthday party in the late winter of 1962. The parents of one of the young men in the photograph have taken him, his girlfriend, and seven other young people to dinner in a Chinese restaurant. Two—including the birthday boy—are wearing dinner jackets; the o…
Used to be Great Friends
‘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.
‘Apartheid had marked him, as it has marked all of us, in different ways. It made me hyper-aware of colour.’
The Good Citizens
‘In the black fog of her grief, Anna Kraft received an invitation.’
The Alphabet of Birds
‘She is standing there, her body like a lamp, waiting for the glass to break.’