Well, if this is a Mister Donut, then in my opinion, Mister Donut is a disgrace. Where’s the service? When I was at the company, the department head used to take his inner circle to a coffee shop by the main gate every Friday. Now the master of that place, he remembered our names, our ranks and wh…
Variations on a Theme by Mister Donut
‘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 January Man
‘You'll be sorrier when the ice cracks. Do you know how many boys are under there now? Eleven, and they're very sorry indeed.’
Yokosuka blue line
‘I close my eyes and circle my finger around the map. Wherever my finger lands.’
The Woman Dies
‘The woman dies. She dies to provide a plot twist. She dies to develop the narrative. She dies for cathartic effect. She dies because no one could think of what else to do with her.’ Aoko Matsuda, translated from the Japanese by Polly Barton.