Lez Liberty Lit: Do Not Privatize Libraries


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

Here are the books parents want to ban in schools now. And here’s why banning books is banning voices.

Do not privatize libraries.

“Real inclusion means centering voices, not just bodies — especially for queer Chinese Americans,” Jade Song writes at Electric Literature:

“The relegation of these Chinese American characters’ bodies into tools, into objects, is precisely why I cannot let go of them. I have seen us become objects far too often. I want so much more for Katrina and Jane, for myself, for my community. I want us to free ourselves from the weight of narratives we have been cursed to live under. Our bodies deserve autonomy. Our bodies deserve our selves.”

Zen Cho talked to Electric Literature about domestic mundanity in her magical worlds, believing in ghosts, finding her voice and more.

Nonlinear narratives are not just for novels.

Don’t wait for permission to write. Also, developing a structure can change your writing life. So can creating the workspace you need.

Here’s how being a pen pal helps incarcerated populations.

Here’s how to design your own reading intensive.

Who was Dracula?

Read these lesser-known stoner novels, with cannabis pairings. Read these interviews with and stories by Native writers. Read these books in translation from Central Africa. Read these queer books without romances.

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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.

Ryan has written 1142 articles for us.


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