“Don’t marry a Muslim”

Originally posted on Sumedh Natu:
My grandmother slit her wrists today. To assure the inquisitive, prying world it had nothing to do with the inner politics of the family, I was asked to stick to the discussed story that she found out she had an incurable injury. The truth is she couldn’t handle the apparent…

The Loneliness Generation

Originally posted on Catherine Bennett:
The first thing my mother asked me was, ‘Won’t you be lonely?’ I’d just rung her to tell her that I had finally got the green light from a landlord about a studio in Paris I wanted. Filled with jubilation – finally! a place of my own! – her question…

Other Girls

Originally posted on The Eagle & The Weasel:
There’s this part in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (the movie, not the TV series) where Buffy is slow-dancing with Luke Perry, and he whispers into her ear “You’re not like other girls.” And Buffy replies “Yes I am.” That exchange has been ringing in my head like…