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RIP Toni Morrison. Writers remember Toni Morrison Troy Patterson writes about a semester with Toni Morrison. Emily Lordi writes about Toni Morrison and Nina Simone.

“It is important that we see how the language we use and the narratives we build can diminish immigrants and refugees, or they can be employed to extend welcome while expanding the voices we hear and the knowledge we possess,” writes Abby Manzella at Lit Hub.

Does social media prevent self remaking?

Jia Tolentino’s by the book is great:

“Nearly everything about being alive feels embarrassing, but the enormous gap between what I’d like to have read and what I have actually read does not. As it is, I read a hundred books a year and it doesn’t seem to matter — there will always be so many books I haven’t read yet, and I will always be kind of stupid no matter how much I read.”

Vivek Shraya’s second novel, The Subtweeet, is coming soon.

“t never occurred to me that I would, or could, have a crush on a girl or date a woman. And yet, all of my Sims were lesbians,” writes Rachel Charlene Lewis at Bitch.

Love a good InterLibrary Loan.

Silent bookclubs are the shit.

Do we care enough about animals to save them from extinction?”

Literary scammers are not new.

Read these books this August. Read these books by queer black writers. Read these books about identity construction. Read these novels about worrying about money. Read these books about Old Hollywood.

Carolyn Yates was formerly the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor for Autostraddle.com. Her writing has appeared in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, Xtra!, Jezebel, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles by way of Montreal and Toronto. Find her on twitter or instagram.

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