Eileen Myles is having a moment (okay she’s always been having a moment but people finally noticed); a new trans poetry literary journal; queer books to read this fall and more.
Topics include the Slender Man murders, girls’ games, multilevel marketing, how to write about trans women, scars, Disneyland/Dismaland, Kony 2012 and moar!
Can you resist a title as snarky as Life Is Wonderful, People Are Terrific? I couldn’t, especially when the book was written by spoken-word champion and award-winning filmmaker Meliza Bañales.
It’s a queer tarot guidebook and a celebration of an 80s feminist tarot deck rolled into one; a book of beautiful and radical tarot card meanings, and a conversation across generations of feminism and LGBTQ politics.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide and loving problematic things; The Argonauts and embracing but not constraining queerness; writing about race and representation; queer books with bi characters and more.
Topics include working at Disney, the real lives of Sugar Daddies, Michael Derrick Hudson in context, the ghost town of Bodie, Live Aid, an essay that made me cry and so much more!
I’d known for a while that my colleague Colleen McKee had a book out, and one day I bought a copy from her in the break room. When I learned that it combined memoir, poetry, and fiction, I had one burning question: “Who let you do that?!”
New Eileen Myles, students who don’t want to read Fun Home, Hogwarts updates, asexual characters in YA, a review of the IKEA catalog and more.
Topics include needing diverse books, prison food, Tinder As Video Game, the scam of the Art Academy of San Francisco, a triple murder in Florida, sorority life and so much more.
A smart and eloquent memoir about becoming butch, Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender will resonate if you have a proud copy of Stone Butch Blues on your shelf, or listen to “Ring of Keys” from the Fun Home musical on repeat.
Discussing race in a culture hostile to discussing race, transnational trans characters, a book you can drink and more.
In honor of our new Witch Hunt column, let’s talk about Hogwarts’ favorite gal pals.
Topics include Issa Rae, mistreatment of workers on H-2 visas, the disaster rescue business, Nevada, Tinder, Hiroshima, the women assaulted by Bill Cosby and more!
What It Feels Like for a Girl centers on two 13-year-olds who meet in gym class: the narrator, addressed in a piercing second person that has the effect of melding our stories with hers, and precocious Angel, who guides her through a labyrinth of sexual exploration via magazines and videos.
In a multigenerational, transcontinental tale, Bright Lines weaves together issues of gender and sexuality across cultures, migration, in/dependence, family secrets, conflict and tragedy, and well, botany.
These 30 essays provide important context and understanding of individuals, movements and moments that formed the greater whole of a long fight for queer liberation, one that is far from over but which has made incredible strides in just a few decades.
This past month I spent over 80 hours driving long distances in a car and another 40 hours organizing and packing things into boxes, which meant I didn’t get a lot of reading done — BUT I SURE DID LISTEN TO A LOT OF PODCASTS! Here are some episodes for you to check out before we return to our regularly scheduled programming.
How the representation of queerness is changing in African writing; new Shirley Jackson and Dr. Seuss; teen magazines; sexism in publishing; and more.
“If you adore any of Tea’s other books, you’ll find Mermaid in Chelsea Creek to be every bit as transgressive and illuminating. If you ever escaped into the magical realms created by J.K. Rowling or Tamora Pierce, or if you got hooked on what dystopian YA like the Hunger Games had to say about class and privilege, you’ll relish Mermaid’s intriguing mixture of magic and social realism.”
This book is jam packed with awesome. Unsurprisingly, so is Maggie Nelson.