Tayyaba, who moved here from Pakistan with her older brother and sister, precociously explains that she feels most at peace near the water.
V. Bensonhurst Girls
No matter what her ethnic background, a girl growing up in Bensonhurst coats the outer layer of her personality with strength, sass, and neighborhood pride. The girls of Bensonhurst exude genuine intensity in almost everything they do. If the time and place calls for dressing up, their hair and makeup will be meticulously arranged; when there is nothing particular to do, they master how to look spontaneously mussed up. Even ambivalence is emphasized with an exaggerated shrug. Such behaviors may sound contrived, but on the streets of Bensonhurst they are perfectly natural.
As these Bishop Kearney girls head into their limo for the prom, cooing relatives and neighbors snap hundreds of photos, stopping traffic.
Outside Diva Dance Studiomotto: were so glam we sweat glitterthese three dressed up as little dolls for their picture day.
Irina and Robin hold their own during a very serious water fightgirls against boysthe first one of the summer.
SASKIA KAHN is a photographer from the coast of Brooklyn (saskiakahn.com).
Margaret Atwood’s Old Babes in the Wood: StoriesBy Yvonne C. Garrett
MARCH 2023 | Books
Margaret Atwoods first fiction since 2019s Booker Prize winning The Testaments and her first story collection since Stone Mattress (2014), these fifteen stories are a master class in how to write, a rollicking good time, and a deep exploration of human relationshipsthe damage we do to each other and the ways we come together.
Saffron GirlsWritten by Ida Esmaeili, illustrations by Caitlin Bebb
MARCH 2023 | Theater
this is a small play. this is a quiet play. this is a family play. this is a persian joy play.
Shannon K. Winston ’s The Girl Who Talked to PaintingsBy Amanda Auerbach
DEC 21-JAN 22 | Books
Winstons recent poetry collection The Girl Who Talked to Paintings has the feel of an exhibit in which each painting adheres to a common theme that brings all of the pieces together.
Balance of StoriesBy Emmanuel Iduma
NOV 2022 | Editor's Message
I asked the writers gathered in this section to choose a photograph and write a narrative based on it. How they defined narrative was up to them; they could borrow from any genre, including biography, history, memoir, and the news. I wanted to bring to fore the idea that a critic is, in the best sense, also a storyteller.