Lez Liberty Lit Is Into Unlikable Women


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

Horror lives in the body, writes Megan Pillow Davis at Electric Literature. These four women built the horror genre. These 23 great women horror writers are a next step. Also check out these lesbian vampire stories.

I love ‘unlikable’ women in fiction. I like their flaws, their sarcasm, their gruffness, their impulsive decisions, their unapologetic personality, their cunning ways, their confidence, and so much more. These fictional characters don’t follow the traditional standards placed onto women. Unlikable women in fiction are real. They have unfiltered personalities. They don’t owe the world, or any person, a single thing,” writes Olivia Paez at Book Riot.

Here’s what tarot cards go with what zodiac signs. And here’s how to calculate your birth card.

Sometimes you just get obsessed with someone else’s bookshelf, okay? “Bookshelves in the places we rent when we’re taking a break from our realities reflect the transient nature of the houses and apartments themselves; everyone who comes here is simply passing through. Sometimes, they leave books behind. Trash meets treasure, as it were.”

A pink-haired femme-ish woman holding an axe, surrounded by pumpkins, and looking off into the middle distance, with a book on the treestump in front of her for some reason (she is also inside)

here’s what happens if you search shutterstock for “fall reading horror”

Here’s how to get into making zines.

Hemingway’s writing is distinctly queer, so much so that it’s odd that he is not — along with compatriots like Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson — read as such,” writes Mikaella Clements at Lit Hub.

Turns out it’s still award season, so check out the National Book Awards finalists and the voting for the not-the-Booker prize.

Read these books about queerness. Read these short-story collections by black women writers. Read this fall’s history and biography. Read these books out this month and these. Read these race-focused books. Read about mental illness. Read two poems by Ursula K. Le Guin and three more. Read these books about women outlaws. Read these gender-bent retellings. Read these Asian American writers.

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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.

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  1. I keep reading this headline as Lez Liberty Lit Is Into Unkillable Women, and I’m like, “YEAH!”

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