Lez Liberty Lit: Cannot Resist the Urge to Clean

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Hi and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit!

Discipline allows creative freedom.”

“Latinx” is now in the dictionary. Celebrate by reading the works of these 15 Latinx poets.

There was a feminist lesbian sci-fi wave in the 1970s (duh) and here’s what you should read from it. Also, why does sci-fi have a woman problem?

Noted lesbian author Sarah Waters talked to Nylon about toxic men, resentment and desire, and more.

To be a writer you must resist the urge to clean.”

If you’re too burned out to do anything but clean, here are some rituals to try.

Vanishing Twins is a memoir about “the ‘darker eroticism’ of long term relationships,” as well as poly, identity, love, sex, bodies and more.

At LitHub, Veronica Scott Esposito writes about a trans literature of the everyday, noting:

“While there is certainly still very much room to create stories about transpeople as outliers and activists, those stories have largely dominated art about transpeople. What we have not seen so much of are the transpeople who have to deal with the everyday stresses and emotions that are commonly the focus of stories about cis-gendered individuals. I think it is these stories that will do the most good for the transpeople out there fighting to discover their identities and live happy lives, and I think they will be the truest depictions of us for the many Americans who have never knowingly met a transperson or deeply engaged with one.”

Susan Sontag had a somewhat intense FBI file.

Here’s how Virginia Woolf’s Orlando “became a trans triumph.”

Public libraries are community places. And the Future Library is an exercise in optimism for them (and for there still being trees and books and alive humans by 2114).

Two Serious Ladies is queer.

Check out the lives of women artists in nineteenth-century Paris.

Read these books this fall and these and these books this September and also these and . And these nonfiction books, too. Or read LitHub’s list of all the fall preview lists.

Plus: Read these queer romances in historical fiction. Read these books if you have anxiety. Read these books on grief and loss. Read these novels about the embodied experience of womanhood. Read these 14 queer retellings of classic texts. Read these five Brazilian women who aren’t Clarice Lispector.


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Carolyn Yates is the NSFW Consultant, and was formerly the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor, for Autostraddle.com. Her writing has appeared in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, Xtra!, Jezebel, and elsewhere. She recently moved to Los Angeles from Montreal. Find her on twitter.

Carolyn has written 877 articles for us.

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