Hi there and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit!
At the Creative Independent, writer and visual artist Larissa Pham talks about what makes a good essay, having a community of readers, and giving yourself the space you need to complete a project:
“Whenever I don’t read, I feel my brain turning off. It’s kind of like when you have a hot pan and there’s nothing in the pan and the pan’s just burning. That’s how I feel when I don’t read.”
Four Torrey Peters novellas will be published in 2022.
Would you give up air conditioning (if it’s optional for you) if you knew it would save the planet?
It’s okay to feel lonely.
“Artists like Despentes, who came of age in the shadow of AIDS and the ensuing explosion of blood- and sex-centered queer art, were never striving to enter the canon or leave a legacy; they were simply interested in truthfully capturing all the moments in which they were dying,” writes Nina Herzog on Verginie Despentes at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
New emojis are coming.
Where does loneliness come from?
Can literature teach us how to die?
“Few things limit us more profoundly than our own beliefs about what we deserve, and few things liberate us more powerfully than daring to broaden our locus of possibility and self-permission for happiness,” writes Maria Popova by way of introduction to this (excerpted) poem by David Whyte on stepping towards love:
us, and everything confirms
our courage, and if you wanted
to drown you could,
but you don’t
after all this struggle
and all these years
you simply don’t want to
you’ve simply had enough
and you want to live and you
want to love and you will
walk across any territory
and any darkness
however fluid and however
dangerous to take the
one hand you know
belongs in yours.”
Read these books in the second half of 2021. Read these 11 short story collections that practice magical feminism. Read these books about the heartbreak of losing a sibling. Read these 9 books about the complexities of identity. Read these science and tech books for summer. Read the Booker Prize longlist. Read these 8 books about the messiness and beauty of queer life.