Zelda was a fierce and gentle creature. Like her namesake, she was saddled with an insufferable writer as a partner and cursed to live a short life. Her beginnings were not easy: a street cat on Oakland’s Telegraph Ave, she was, by the time I got her at the age…

The phenomena of identity politics has led to a sharp departure from the ideal that human rights are universal, not particular. That is, that all human beings possess the same rights, which are not determined by differences such as sex, ethnicity or race. However, such basic rights must be accepted…

Originally published as part of the University of Oxford’s Failed Novelists Society Anthology.

When I was young, I was terrified by my pores. I asked my mother once what the tiny little holes I saw near my newly emerging arm and leg hair were. They looked alien to me —…

Jas Johl

Jas Johl is an Indian- American author.

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