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.
This essay collection is a warm and personal tribute to the title characters of Little Women, in honor of the classic’s 150th birthday. But it left much to be desired in the way of queer content.
“Books about *monstrous women* of all varieties. Softhearted giantesses, feral shapeshifters, malicious sea creatures, lonely gorgons. Women with the strength of gods, women with fangs and fur, women formed of craggy rock or ice or fire.”
Topics include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, an Air BnB scam, tourism in Iceland, what even is Newsweek anymore, some deportations of history and more! Like an excerpt from Carmen Maria Machado’s new book!
Carmen Maria Machado’s new gothic memoir, why reading is different from experiencing, new Elena Ferrante and more.