An interview with Daisy Hernández, free ebooks and audiobooks, the end of “sweet, biddable girls” in fairy tales and more.
Come join the Speakeasy Book Club as we quest for literary enlightenment and embiggen our collective minds.
Topics include Jay from the Adnan Syed case, Radio Shack, The Doodler Murders, Sex after pregnancy, “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?” and Dorothy Allison on “A Question of Class.”
Liz Prince’s new graphic memoir Tomboy is a smart and outright cute exploration of girlhood by a girl who didn’t ‘fit’ but survived to tell the tale.
I’ve written 160 weekly roundups of the best longform on the web which means I’ve got a pretty solid grip on this topic.
Definitely read these books.
Topics include RENT, the Universal Life Church, Fanny Howe, family farms, The Handmaid’s Tale, Reese Witherspoon, Law & Order and more!
Marginalia, feminist shelfies, expanding the queer canon, 2014 in queer diversity in YA and more.
Topics include Ferguson, Boogie Nights, incarcerating victims of domestic violence, sex ed films and racism at The New Republic.
Topics include the last trailer park in Palo Alto, unarmed POC killed by police, black twitter, teenage YouTube stars, digital beauty in Hollywood and more!
#BlackPoetsSpeakOut, notable book lists, new Harry Potter, we are reading so much and more.
Topics include TJ Maxx, Chris Rock, internet trolls, Oral Roberts, Ruth Thalia, Dunkin’ Donuts and more!
A handful of gift suggestions, how independent and second-hand bookstores are surviving, unlikable female characters, Canadian literary jokes and more.
Topics include Ferguson, the MFA-to-writing-teacher track, CRACKER BARREL, Uber, The Strand, the Freedom Summer, and so much more!
Fifty years of words I liked reading and you will too! Authors include James Baldwin, bell hooks, Kiese Laymon, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison, Bayard Rustin and Dr. Brittany Cooper.
“Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer,” remixed.
Topics include international development, Chris Rock, My Little Ponies, water parks, Asian-Americans on TV, the gay wing of the LA County jail, writing POC and MOAR!
Out black lesbian Jacqueline Woodson wins in youth fiction, sci-fi gender pioneer Ursula LeGuin takes home an award for distinguished contributions to American letters and skewers capitalism and Lemony Snicket ruins the mood with racist jokes.
Topics include film dubbing in France, Jimmy’s World, Taco Bell, being a serial killer’s daughter, race in Silicon Valley, Kathy Acker and more!
Texts from Jane Eyre as a new form of literary criticism, whether to finish every book you start, strong opinions on book lists and more.