Lez Liberty Lit: Counterfactual Realities

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

Counterfactual realities make us better thinkers.

Here are the 2021 Lambda Literary Award winners.

What are the most-discussed books on the internet according to robots?

Why is there such an alleged connection between art and self-destruction? And what if there weren’t?

Here’s how memory works.

If BOOK IT was part of your childhood, you might be into this.

At Lit Hub, Arielle Zibrak writes on the erroneous idea of guilty pleasure:

“When someone refers to a guilty pleasure, they’re usually making a kind of narcissistic claim about a textual object that is attractive to yet beneath them: ‘I mostly read the New Yorker, but US Weekly is my guilty pleasure.’ I think a more accurate term for the “guilt” implied in this kind of statement may be “shame.” When someone says something like this, they seem to mean they’re ashamed because they know how bad it is but enjoy it nonetheless in spite of that shame.”

Read these queer books this summer and these other books this summer and these nonfiction books, too. Read these 17 books in June. Read these books to understand the 1960s. Read these books when you want a fat and queer summer. Read these queer books out in June.


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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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