Lez Liberty Lit: A Gaping MAW


Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit!

Jude Doyle and A.L. Kaplan’s MAW is out September 15 from Boom! Studios and is a perfect weird horror comic in five issue that “explores the anger of those trapped by society’s expectations and the monsters born from that collective rage.” I am “not a horror person” and personally I had a GREAT time, just saying! Ask your local comic shop to order it (even if you missed the deadline for the first issue, make sure to get the rest) and check out a preview here.

Novels that offer easy lessons aren’t worth reading, writes Jo Hamya at Lit Hub:

“I don’t mean to advocate reading for reading’s sake, though there is nothing wrong with reading for pleasure. Nor do I mean to suggest that texts should never be extended to their reader’s personal and social context. But there is, perhaps, an unhelpfulness in the way naturally occurring attitudes within reading culture are exacerbated by the internet — reward-seeking, tribalism, binary thought which tends to either over-identification, or apathy where such a process cannot be carried out. Under such pressure, most books dry up. Worse still, they become boring. The type of book which would successfully thrive under such criteria could form no reciprocal relationship with its reader, could only impart what its recipient is already willing to accept as knowledge, or else stamp information onto a blank slate unchallenged, must structure itself on linear and context-specific premises. It could only teach you the same thing once before its value is exhausted. Such reading glorifies “likable” or “relatable” characters; didactic plot or dialogue; effortless transmission of information.”

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What makes a comfort read?

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Ryan Yates

Ryan Yates was the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor for Autostraddle.com, with bylines in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, The Daily Beast, Jezebel, and elsewhere. They live in Los Angeles and also on twitter and instagram.

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