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
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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.
‘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.’