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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Custody and care in the shadow of colonization
The mystery of a writer’s métier
By Lydia Davis, from a manuscript in progress. Her collection of essays, Essays One, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in November. It takes me so long to…
By Richard Lloyd Parry, from Ghosts of the Tsunami, which was published this month by MCD. Parry is the Asia editor of the Times of London. On the afternoon of…
The ragged glory of female activism
By Sophie Calle, a French conceptual artist, from an interview with Eleanor Wachtel for CBC Radio One that was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Brick. Her work Pas…
I gave a talk on Virginia Woolf a few years ago. During the question-and-answer period that followed it, the subject that seemed to most interest a number of people was…
He’s been a central character in the story for as long as Chris and I have been telling it to the kids. “We had Emma’s egg but we didn’t have…
Language lost and found
Feminism's ritual matricide