On Killing Squirrels
For the last few years, I’ve worked with an Air Arms S200 pre-charged pneumatic air rifle propped against my desk. It began as a precaution against mice, who’d taken advantage of the decreasing fa… Read article
‘The Wall’, or, What I Talk About When I Talk About the 400 Metres
The first time I vomited from running was the first time I ran the 400 metres. It was my freshman year of high school, at an indoor track meet against our rivals, Ipswich. Like most high school sports… Read article
Rituals of an Obituarist
There is a smell that comes with them now, with writing. Five months ago an e-mail was sent around my Cambridge college seeking people willing to write obituaries for deceased alumni. Help was requir… Read article
Picking the Lock
It is September. It is a Monday. But it feels nothing like a Monday morning at all. My mother is driving us down a Dorset lane as narrow, winding and nostalgic as the neurological pathways hotwiring m… Read article
Nights at the Opera
In the first 28 years of my life, I went to the opera, oh, six or seven times. In the year or so since, I’ve been to 15 different productions. My knowledge of the music is not deep. I can tell a Wa… Read article
On Knowing the Words
I have started learning poems by heart again. The first time round, I was six and under orders from Mrs Russell, a primary-school teacher who sometimes said ‘bugger’ loudly in the classroom and wh… Read article
We may assume we are in the presence of covert culture when we note a recurrent pattern of inconsistent or seemingly illogical behavior. When most people in a given society or sub-society adhere to in… Read article
It puts me in a difficult position – emotionally, professionally, sometimes physically – when a friend asks for my advice about breastfeeding. This is largely because any knowledge I have on the … Read article
Die Nacht ist vorbeiEin neuer Tag beginntAlles strömtStadtkindBerlin, du gibst mir die KraftBin ‘n Teil von dirStadtkind (more…)… Read article
Omiyage: a souvenir
I Ikimasenka, watashitachi? when the evening is spread out against the sky, can we visit the temples together, ishoni? They light them up each night, and I would like to see the golden and the silve… Read article
List of Contributors
Charlotte Faircloth is an academic who lives in London. She is the author of Militant Lactivism? Attachment parenting and intensive motherhood in the UK and France (Berghahn Books, 2013) and co-author of Parenting Culture Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Susanna Hislop is an actor, writer and theatre maker living in London. @SusannaHislop
Arthur House is a writer based in London. @arthur_house
Frank Lumbar lives in London. He no longer shoots squirrels.
Thomas Marks is a writer, editor, and recovering academic. @Tomwmarks
Anne Obituarist is a specialist in the literary history of the American Civil War. She lives and works in Cambridge.
Carrie Plitt is a literary agent and radio show host. She lives in London. @PlittyC
James PurdonJames Purdon is a founding editor of The Junket. He teaches Modern and Contemporary literature at the University of St Andr @jamespurdon
Peter Scott is a magazine publisher who lives in London. @PeteJRScott
Tim Smith-Laing is an Oxford-based writer and reviewer; when not writing, he is a commissioning editor at Macat International.