Weird books, subscription libraries, how to learn to like poetry, books and food and more.
Topics include “Men Explain Lolita To Me,” Marcia Clark, Trumplandia, spinsters, the University of Texas Tower shooting, the escort who killed her client in self-defense — I didn’t do this on purpose but this week’s TIRTL is like a treasure trove of kickass female writers.
Don’t label me — I’m
a non-het identified
poly pagan witch.
“4. Passionate Vegetarian – Crescent Dragonwagon”
How to find queer books, the new VIDA count, Eileen Myles and literary fame, the singular “they,” experimental feminist reading suggestions and more.
Topics include gay chefs, Colonel Sanders, gentrification, online dating, tindering across Europe, Instacart, writing about feminism for Playboy and moar!
“I finally felt that I was being led by someone as deliciously ill-equipped at being in this world as I am. And by the time it was over I thought the book was masterfully human, cerebral but self-aware, wistful, curious, judgmental, forgiving, repentant and broken.”
This Saturday, come hear Gabby read from Juliet Takes a Breath. She’ll also answer your questions and sign your book!
Magical girls, fixing the bestseller list, what to read when you’re out of feminist books to read, why History of Magic in North America sucked, tarot and literature and more.
Topics include Debi Thomas, the Mall of America, murder, kids on the sex offender registry, Trader Joe’s, what people smell like, Texts From Jane Eyre and more!
“There’s no denying that women writers are affected by systemic, institutionalised sexism in the media and publishing industries, but women who are queer, trans, of colour, disabled, sex workers, from low-income backgrounds and/or otherwise outside the mainstream are inevitably impacted more than most.”
Asexual romance novels, trans YA, lesbian poet trading cards, poetry as art, prisons and gender policing and more.
Topics include Jay-Z, adult braces, heroin, women & guns, tumblr teens, San Jose, the Titanic, murder, teenagers & social media and more!
Mary Meriam doesn’t flinch at female eroticism, at emotional turmoil, at social upheaval, at the truth of human cruelty. She also doesn’t flinch at rhyme, rhythm, formal constraint, or ancient forms of poetry and language.
“We have heard of a number of attempts to go down on a lover underwater, but apparently few women possess the breath-holding capacity to take their lover all the way to orgasm.”
We’re talking to Gabby Rivera about her debut novel “Juliet Takes a Breath”! We talk about subtleties in Latinx media representation, queer community, forgiveness and, of course, Lil’ Melvin.
A reading list for Beyoncé’s “Formation,” kink and creativity, a history of lesbian erotica, used bookstores, comics by women and more.
The South’s conservative and religious majority has made it nearly impossible to suss out the queers in classic Southern literature and in the history books. That’s why this list exists.
Topics include PeeWee Herman, Winona Ryder, “Making a Murderer,” dating TV shows, the 1966 University of Texas shooting and moar!
In Sigal Samuel’s The Mystics of Mile End, three members of the Meyer family encounter Jewish mysticism, and are drawn apart in their very different quests for the divine.