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The Bad Sex Awards were an unfortunate loss of the pandemic, but Electric Literature has saved the day by running its own.
Here’s how to be bored.
What’s up with lucky numbers?
Bookstores are still taking a hit.
Bluestockings is one of the few remaining queer bookstores, and recently moved to a new location at 116 Suffolk Street. As one volunteer told them, “‘We’re not responding to this horrible situation and collective trauma with fear and scarcity,’ [Sammie] Sachs added. ‘We’re really leaning into our wildest dreams, making the most of it, and loving ourselves and our communities more through this time.'”
Roxane Gay is starting a book club.
In case you need it, here is Carmen Maria Machado’s cheese ball recipe.
At Electric Literature, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, author of A Girl Is a Body of Water, discusses shame, the language that surrounds women’s bodies, the idea of permission and more.
“Patti Smith redefines memoir by way of seamlessly merging dreamscape, external circumstance, perception, imagination, and intuition,” writes Lily Arnell in a review of Smith’s Year of the Monkey at the Rumpus.
Here’s how to be a girl detective.
Here are the best-reviewed lit in translation of 2020. Here’s the best reviewed fiction Here are the 10 best book reviews of 2020 and here are the most scathing . If you don’t want to read all that, here’s the ultimate best books of 2020 list. And here were the biggest literary stories of the year.