Talia: Hey guys! Looked out the window and noticed there’s a baby hanging off a branch in the big oak tree. Can someone take care of this? Thanks!
Sean: fyi i can’t do this but best of luck.
Will: I have to do this weird bowling thing but it should be done by 11.
Talia: Hmm OK. Baby looks pretty upset…
Will: ohhhh ok. But anyway I should be able to come by 11!
Rose: Hey! So my sister is visiting with my little nephew so I’m already dealing with a baby, so if someone else could deal with this I would prefer not to. But if not, [...]
Like others before her, Dr. Kathryn Heyman explained in a letter to the London Review of Book's publisher that she was through subscribing until their male-female byline gap changed. Dr. Heyman's approach might read as a bit heavy-handed, but it was also necessary, and at least initially effective: she heard back from senior editor Paul Myerscough, and they're now engaged in a back-and-forth on the matter. From her original letter:
I would dearly love to renew my subscription, however, based on the tedious regularity with which you ignore female writers and female reviewers, I have to assume that my lady-money is quite simply not welcome in [...]
"Reading my father's love letters to my mother was so confusing, because they felt like they were written by a different man. Now I know that they were. They were written by a man I could never know, a man who was possibly murdered. It probably sounds insane, but that's something that I'm really only beginning to think about now, because for so long I was relieved that he was gone, and didn't let myself care about the how or why." —We're a little late to this, but in case you missed Anya Yurchyshyn's essay on learning about her dead parents through their old letters, it's a lovely and [...]