The discourse around American Dirt, finding gay hope in The Bluest Eye, what it’d be like if books had smells and more.
“Transformative justice”—the idea that communities can resolve and repair harm and abuse, as well as transform the conditions that led to them, on their own without the necessity of State intervention or by replicating the State’s carceral form of justice—looks good on paper, but there are still so many big questions.
Chani Nicholas’ debut astrology guide slash workbook gives you the keys to better understand yourself, if you are ready to commit to it.
Conflict is meant to happen. Relationships are strengthened by conflict. What are our capacities to engage with conflict in a way that doesn’t destroy us, but help us better understand each other?
Topics include Geocities, e-books, the politics of mental health, podcast passivity, Mount Everest’s social climber, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, filming/staging sex scenes and more!
I asked our team to share what they read when they have had quite the fuck enough of this absolute shit.
Gay sex in great literature, healing from ancestral trauma, Zora Neal Hurston’s legacy, and more.
“I want you to know, if you ever read this, there was a time when I would rather have had you by my side than any one of these words; I would rather have had you by my side than all the blue in the world.”
It has taken over 50 years for us to get the full, queer truth about Carson McCullers’s life, and now I know why. We were waiting for Jenn Shapland.
Topics include hangovers, ArtPrize, the George Foreman Grill, Patriotic Millionaires, The Talented Mr Ripley, 100 books that defined the decade, fair food, the year in pivoting to video and so much more!!
Reading goals as a personal hell, memes as a new kind of formalism, a dare to not be productive and more.
It’s really hot in Phoenix, Tinder as small talk purgatory, Anna Delvey, Millennials not afraid of death, Instagram face, Hallmark Movies, racism in banking and more!
“They” is the word of the year! Plus: when languages die, when bookstores unionize, when Hilton Als writes on Joan Didion and more.
More than one book involves lesbians falling in love while bonding over a cute festive pet.
It sure has been a decade! Mainstream publishing has become much more open to queer stories, especially perhaps in YA, and the drive and determination of indie and queer publishing projects has meant that less saleable work that is sometimes more resonant to our lives has been able to make it to our shelves. Here are some of the brightest highlights!
Queer pleasure as a form of resistance, finding your purpose, the best of the best of lists and more.
I was in high school when I first saw Staceyann Chin perform, barefoot and incensed. She was fearless in her rage, her sexuality, her eloquence. Now, I feel the same reading her as I felt watching all those years ago — as if I’m being granted permission.
Topics include Donald Trump’s romancing of the religious right, looking back on the 2010s, POC writing POC, graphing calculators, Cheez-Balls, finding a house in the Bay Area and so much more!
From gorgeous graphic memoirs to epic fantasy tales, twisty thrillers, swoony romances, exceptional essay collections, and more, there’s an amazing queer book from 2019 on this list for everyone!
Is literary fiction a scam? How do you read the unread books you already own? Are you reading enough books in translation? Wanna read about baby penguins? Click through.