We’re delighted to be able to share an exclusive EXTENDED excerpt of A Desolation Called Peace in honor of its launch.
It’s ok not to remember everything that you read, a new fund for Black creatives, and what is it like to explore childhood horror through the lens of queer adulthood?
Marty Fink shows how caregiving is activism, disability is sexy and dusty archives are tantalizing in Forget Burial, an essential, highly pleasurable, read.
Topics include a Hollywood con artist, lip-reading, the benefit of nervous breakdowns, ultra-fast fashion, Mrs. Meyer’s soap, writing lesbian sex, Gamestop, Mormon Mommie Bloggers, butt lifts and more!
In 2012, a Condé Nast website called style.com published an article with the headline: “IS LESBIAN CHIC HERE TO STAY?” In this thrilling piece of supposed journalism, the writer remarked, “Lesbians! They’re everywhere.”
“Stories about huge families full of love, whether nuclear or chosen or just-for-school, were the comfort food of my childhood, and I’m trying to find something similar for my queer adulthood. Is there such a thing?”
Join us for a conversation with Riese Bernard (Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle) and Gabrielle Korn (author of “Everybody (Else) is Perfect,” former EIC of Nylon, former Autostraddle writer) about building the queer media you want to see in the world, and the work that is left to do!
A resource guide to some of the crucial narratives and literary works around sex workers’ experiences in publication, from one of the editors of new anthology of sex workers’ writing “We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival.”
Semicolons are the best; so is having a nemesis; remembering gay bars; “the continual project of reckoning with ourselves”; and more.
“The trajectory with their partner or ex-partner and or friend or whoever is not linear; it’s, for some women, this big zig zagging: friends for five years, then date for ten years and then maybe be enemies for two years, and then you’re friends again… I felt like we don’t always see that in love stories.”
Black people are the future, creating some of the most beautiful and challenging art we have seen, forging a way out of the past while being entirely cognizant of it. As the editors state in the introduction, time is not linear, we are always in conversation with the past, present, and future. Black Futures as a collection is keenly aware of this.
Trans writing for trans people, “Everybody Else (Is) Perfect” is perfect, your dream job is dead and more.
“Everybody (Else) Is Perfect” is a bold and complicated meditation on media, feminism, and the internet, written from the perspective of a thoughtful and deeply honest insider. It is also very, very gay.
Topics include your Grandma’s couch, credit card points, SoulCycle, Yoga With Adriene, Fran Lebowitz, the year in self-improvement, filicide, how unhoused teens are coping in locked-down New York and so much more!
Stop reading garbage online and start reading all the great books that are coming out in 2021 instead.
“The truth is I don’t know how to review Detransition, Baby. Torrey was too successful in what she set out to accomplish. If trans women have been and remain her primary audience then I, a trans woman, don’t know what to say from a place of supposed objectivity. The fact that this is not a PDF free on her website but a hardcover book garnering an immense amount of buzz fills me with a joy I can explain and a terror I cannot.”
“The goal, especially in 2020, has not been to feel better or feel my best, but it’s to feel less shitty than I did five minutes ago.” Marlee Grace’s Getting to Center is the tender, lesbian self-help book to start this year off right. We interview her about the book, internet addiction, higher powers, and the moon’s creative potential.
One last wave of all the “Best of 2020” lists you can handle! Plus, Roxane Gay is starting a book club, Carmen Maria Machado’s cheese ball recipe, how to be a girl detective, learning to be OK with being bored, and more.
I believe we are in living in a truly incredible time for queer and feminist books. For proof, I offer you this majestic — if I do say so myself — list of queer and feminist books hitting shelves this winter.
What if we all committed to a radical reading list for 2021? What would we learn? And with this, what could we do? This collection of books will set you up with hope and pathways toward radical change in 2021.
I’m sharing part of a scene from the book that captures the essence of why I love to write fiction: so I can write the fantasy dates with girls I adore, whether or not they happened quite that way.