Hello and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit!
The beach read is a recent concept, and one that often evokes implicit sexism:
“‘I never thought beach reads had an image problem until I read a review of one of my books that said it was ‘so much more than a beach read,’’ says Jamie Brenner. ‘It really gave me pause.’
‘Popular, plot-based, propulsive male fiction gets read at the beach just as much as women’s fiction,’ says Jennifer Weiner, who has been vocal in the past about the implicit sexism of ‘chick lit.’ ‘But it’s often credited with more respectable names, like thriller, mystery, speculative fiction, horror, while women’s books receive the more derisive, dismissive labels and a lot less critical attention.'”
Why not co-work in a library?
These are the most-cursed days for writers.
Permission author Saskia Vogel spoke to Lit Hub about BDSM, suburbia, contemporary sexual narration and Los Angeles:
“LA is a very existential city.You can feel an intense loneliness there, especially when you’re driving point to point. It can be like waiting in line for a ride at an amusement park. You wait, you get on the ride and have your shared experience, then you’re back waiting in line. Unlike a city structured around the communal, building community in LA felt more like a puzzle. You can live one life in one part of the city, and be a completely different person in another part and have a reasonable expectation that those worlds will not collide.”
Read these 35 books this summer and these books this June. These books are buzzy right now, whatever that means. Read these 18 inclusive anthologies. Read these books if you kill all your houseplants. Read these books when women’s bodies are under attack. Read these books by Pacific Islanders.