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Lisa Cohen

Lisa Cohen’s All We Know: Three Lives was reviewed here by Terry Castle. She teaches at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Writing about Clothes

Lisa Cohen, 7 November 2019

‘About​ clothes, it’s awful,’ the protagonist thinks in Jean Rhys’s novel Voyage in the Dark (1934).

Everything makes you want pretty clothes like hell. People laugh at girls who are badly dressed … And the shop-windows sneering and smiling in your face. And then you look at the skirt of your costume, all crumpled at the back. And your hideous underclothes....

Bill Cunningham

Lisa Cohen, 25 October 2018

A small boy​, four years old, ‘parading around’ in his sister’s ‘prettiest dress’, blissfully happy, until: ‘My mother beat the hell out of me, and threatened every bone in my uninhibited body if I wore girls’ clothes again.’ He wept, but did not fail to note where his tears fell: ‘all over the pink organdy full-skirted...

How to Spot Members of the Tribe

Terry Castle, 27 September 2012

The lives of Esther Murphy, Mercedes de Acosta and Madge Garland were at once hard to see and hard to miss.

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