Sexy poetry, slow reading, an independent bookstore road trip, new old classic YA and more.
A library in a taxi, imaginary meals, must-read books by trans women and by or about queer Canadians, surpassing diversity checkboxes and more.
Highbrow and lowbrow literature, visualizing characters, an excerpt from “bad Feminist” and more!
Zadie Smith, superlatives, reader’s block, Samantha Irby, public domain reviews, queer book fairs and more.
Reading online, typewriters, trans literature, romance fiction as feminist fiction and more.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post’s removal from a summer reading list, literary books coming out this fall, trigger warnings, marginalizing women’s writing and more.
Why queer characters and themes in YA hasn’t translated to mainstream fiction, literature as propaganda, the Beyoncé of poetry, a discussion of systems of oppression and more.
A new comic from Alison Bechdel, gendered pronouns, volatile organic compounds, arguments about YA fiction, fairy tales and more.
“Bad girls” in YA, lack of diversity, an awesome interview with Janet Mock, reconsidering adverbs and more.
Eileen Myles poems, reading poetry, topless reading parties, excerpts from An Untamed State and more.
Unknown female beat poets, lesbian historical fiction, the problem with essays, reading more, the answer to the question “how much gay sex should a novel have?” and more.
I don’t know about you, but a party where everyone sits quietly in a bar and reads together sounds like MY KIND OF PARTY.
Scrawny female protagonists, experimental fiction, Wodehouse, sentence fragments and more.
Gender and racial diversity in children’s books, talking about talking about race and sexuality in all types of books, why speed reading is stupid and more.
Computer-generated texts, working on trains, avoiding your book club, how critics fail writers of color and more.
Novels in one sentence, “Hild,” libraries, queer poetry, semi-colons, classic literature reenacted by Lego, schools facing funding cuts for making students read queer literature and more.
Reading women, reading other humans, what counts as queer writing, library theft and more.
Maps, lesbian steampunk recommendations, today’s reason you’ll want to propose to Mallory Ortberg, reading women writers and more.
Alice Walker and Tracy Chapman dated and nothing else even matters. Also unlikeable protagonists, books to treat depression, books to treat your lesbian break-up and more.
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