I’ve been reading everything Megan Daum‘s written since 1998 (when I first discovered her via New Yorker essay) & especially loved her collection My Misspent Youth. So imagine my delight to see that Curtis Sittenfeld (author of Prep another favorite book) interviewed Megan in New York Magazine along with Emily Gould, who’s new book And […]
Hi Eileen Myles is my favorite poet who also happens to be queer. The Awl has a new poem from her. It’s called “Smile.”
This tumblr is a bit different than most. The concept of Straphanger Fiction is simple, but fun: every morning, the writer takes a photo of someone on her morning commute and then writes a short piece of fiction based on it. Consider it a mildly voyeuristic way to get a daily dose of creative writing!
It’s Reading Rainbow time at Autostraddle! We talk about which of the Lambda Literary Awards nominees we’re most excited about reading. Spoiler alert: a lot of awesome out lesbians and bisexuals wrote fantastic looking books in 2009. Just FYI.
Feminist author and nineties enthusiast Marisa Meltzer talks to Laneia about her new book, Girl Power. Also: zines, music, movies and even Lilith Fair, for crying out loud!
“The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a “living history” archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall […]
You want books! We got your books! We’ve got what we like, what other lady-lovers like, what will look cute to read in front of cute girls etc. Also, Samantha Ronson is DJ’ing for the lesbians @ Dinah Shore, GLEE, Drew Barrymore, Nicole Pacent & more!
Life Magazine Presents Famous Literary Drunks & Addicts. Ayn Rand on speed, Burroughs on heroin, Dorothy Parker & Jack Kerouac drinking the drink, Louisa May Alcott on Opium and more! Also – who said, “I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m a genius.” (and no it wasn’t Internicaine KC Danger).
J.D. Salinger, author of “Catcher in the Rye” and legendary recluse, dies of natural causes at the age of 91. Will death kill his well-cultivated privacy? How do we honor our literary idols using the same media machine employed to vaporize/idolize our dead celebrities & rock stars? Will we get to read all his unpublished books now? Why do some people feel entitled to that, or anything, from anyone who has passed away, ever?
Happy New Year! Happy Palindrome Day! They’re giving “The Babysitters Club” a makeover and not the Claudia kind! Are you still hung over? Would it make you feel better to see pictures of Lilo in a bikini? Also: New Hampshire midnight marriages, Megan Fox’s feelings about kissing girls, and LESBIAN TEACHER SEX BRAWLS.
I said once on twitter that I wanted to read Mary Gaitskill describe Lady Gaga, and then it turned out that such a thing had in fact already happened. !. Mary Gaitskill on Lady Gaga at ryeberg curated video: “This video is to me a picture of hell. It is so normal, yet so terrible.”
2000-2009: The Decade in Poetry at the Poetry Foundation. There’s some Eileen Myles in there. (I love her) “The women poets I know are beginning to understand feminism as a sly term that can hold a lot. All that it needs…”
Autostraddle looks back on some of the decade’s most awesome books by queer ladies. Annie Leboivitz shoots Britney’s Candies Campaign, a year in Gaga costumes, Disney’s best & worst princesses, and Lady Gaga gives an interview that’s really weird, even for her.
In 1997, Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson started Sister Spit – a spoken word tour full of the best queer writers and poets around. Twelve years later, Sister Spit: The Next Generation is taking over the world/my heart. On October 5, the tour came to Phoenix and I interviewed them for you, which is actually a big deal because it was the first face-to-face interview I’ve ever done and I was scared, y’all.
Best Fall Book Preview of all time, The Others (Seba Al-Herz) potential Autostraddle Book Club Pick, also Malinda Lo, graphjam, books from David Byrne, Nabokov & Kathy Griffin, Girldrive, YA Teen Sexual Discovery book, review of Tao Lin’s Shoplifting From American Apparel and more!
“”If I’m being totally honest, I have to say that I felt a little awkward once I realized that the main character, Phoebe, is only 13-ish years old.”
Green & Riese Read Lesbian YA Novels! Clandestine lesbian affairs! Secrets! Shame! Love! High School! That Girl You Loved — She Loves You Back!
Can you find cute girls on Etsy? Green has the answer.
Kathy Acker, Audre Lorde, Alison Smith, The New Fuck You, Bett Williams, JD Glass, Dorothy Allison, Alison Bechdel, Michelle Tea and Marijane Meeker. There’s more out there than Tipping the Velvet and Written on the Body. Though if you haven’t read those already then you probs should asap.
We count down the top ten Lesbian Literature Classics.