Love Letter (1953): Masculinity, survival, and the nation-state

Set in 1950 post-war Japan under the American Occupation – Reikichi, our quiet, melancholy protagonist, wanders around roads and railway stations in the hopes of finding his childhood sweetheart, Michiko, whose last letter he keeps in his wallet. Reikichi translates…

Comment: This Lent, I’m giving up loving Boris Johnson

This piece is written under a pseudonym. Post-election Boris Johnson is a very different Prime Minister from his pre-election self. The man I once loved is no more.  There was so much to love about Boris in 2019. From his…

Brown girl meets brown boy, falls in love

A boy tells me that his mother doesn’t want to see him marry a brown woman. He is a brown boy, she is a brown woman. But as far as they are concerned, no woman looking like me could be…

What is your beloved more than another beloved

(This work also appears in Clare Market Review: Maximalism) The world is suddenly technicolour when for so long it’s been sepia. You revel in it. Every part of you tingles as you step outside into the street. A cacophony of…

Modern Love – touching love stories that lack a realist bite ★★★★

Modern Love, the popular New York Times column has been making readers laugh, cry, and cringe for fifteen years as writers dissect relationships from past lives. It’s fairly surprising that there’s never been a screen adaptation of Modern Love. Until…

4. Game Theory: Dead Mice and Unreciprocated Oral Sex

Written by anon In the spirit of terrible movie trailers that give away every exciting part of the story, I’ve chosen to title my piece for maximum effect and the least subtlety. (But how are they related? The true mysteries still…

A Rumination On The Conflation Between Love And Physical Attraction

Physical attraction is a subjective and nebulous concept to which there are many contributory elements, including one’s smile, smell and mannerisms, yet despite what may be asserted to the contrary it is often one’s appearance that is its deciding factor.…

3. Game Theory: On The Hook

Written by anon My dating experiences have on a whole been relatively normal, mostly consisting in either a few dates with a person and then deciding you’re not right for each other, or essentially getting fucked and chucked – something sadly…

2. Game Theory: The Long-Distance Relationship™

Written by anon When I first came to London, I had just begun what would turn out to be a lengthy relationship. Unfortunately, whilst I was starting university in London, my girlfriend was starting her studies hundreds of miles away. So…

1. Game Theory: The Case of the Mystery Pad

Written by anon I was a late bloomer. By the time I got to my third year of undergrad, I was living abroad for the first time, studying in France. I still had not had sex. I had gone out with…