When I was in the ambivalent early stages of my love affair with Proust, wondering whether it was worth the commitment, well-meaning friends would advise that ʻlifeʼs too shortʼ. A year later and t… Read article
When dwelling in the dark. The painfulness either ofa bear paw waving over a stuffed hump, or the audiomixing with the moan of a deceased childactor whose fearlessness was childish. Terrornot in explo… Read article
I wonder how many hours I’ve spent looking out of windows. Stitched together, they would stretch into weeks, perhaps months. Into the human harmony Windows are points of connection between interio… Read article
‘Did you just get engaged to break into an office?’ a scandalised Watson asks Sherlock in the latest episode of the BBC’s current adaptation of Conan Doyle’s stories. ‘His Last Vow’ ingeni… Read article
"If you went too near the edge of the chalk pit the ground would give way. Barney had been told this often enough. Everybody had told him. Barney had a feeling, somewhere in his middle, that it was pr… Read article
Last summer, belly full of unborn kid, I went for a plodding sort of walk with my mother round her neighbourhood. We circled the streets, the patch of London where she’s lived for nearly 50 years, w… Read article
There is something particularly funereal in looking, as I am now, at Marcel Duchamp's urinal, or rather – since the original is lost – a 1964 replica placed reverently under a box of museum glass.… Read article
The bird flew in through the half open window. It hopped from the bathroom sink to the taps, then back to the sink again, moving its head and neck mechanically. ‘Don’t’, I thought, ‘please don… Read article
I live in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan. You probably will not have heard of Karakalpakstan. It is considered ‘the world’s most obscure ’Stan’. It took me about two months of livi… Read article
After Movie Night, my boyfriend and I do role-play. The first Movie Night was about a year ago at our friend Bill’s house. Bill’s theme was 70s sci-fi: we watched THX 1138, a pre-Star Wars George… Read article
Growing up in America, I spent a good amount of my time reading British literature. Roald Dahl, E. Nesbit and Phillip Pullman were constant companions through my childhood, later replaced by Keats, El… Read article
List of Contributors
Emma Bielecki lives, writes and teaches in London. She is currently working on a biography of Vidocq, thief, counterfeiter, conman - and head of the Paris police.
Lilian Cameron is a writer and researcher in the arts currently living in London.
Kate Donmall is a trainee psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapist working in the NHS.
Sophie Elmhirst is the features editor of the New Statesman. She also writes for Harper's Bazaar, the Financial Times, Aeon, Five Dials and the Observer. @sophieelmhirst
Helen is a writer, beekeeper and writing tutor currently based in Oxford. helenljukes.wordpress.com
Marianne Morris lives in Oakland, California. Her first collection, The On All Said Things Moratorium, is published by Enitharmon Press in the UK. @mannemo
Emily Rhodes is a writer, bookseller, and inventor of Emily's Walking Book Club. @EmilyBooksBlog
Kristen Treen is working on a doctoral thesis about American Civil War literature and material culture at the University of Cambridge. @MissTreen
Caroline Williams is a director and performer. She is currently artistic associate at Yard Theatre. @rannygazool
Emily Wise is a specialist registrar in infectious diseases and general internal medicine. In November 2012 she went to work as a doctor on a multi-drug resistant tuberculosis programme in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan for the medical humanitarian aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières. @DrEmilyWise