Hey there and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit!
These three zines celebrate being Latinx.
At LitHub, Samantha Zighelboim discusses the poetics of fatness:
“Maybe someday I’ll arrive at a place of peace and acceptance and move past these traumas. But that is the dream—not the reality. Not yet.
This conflicted voice seems to be largely missing from the conversation around the politics of fat acceptance, and most especially, the poetics of fatness. So I started writing poems about the uglier realities of living in a fat body, choosing the sonnet form to subvert and reclaim a space traditionally reserved for more palatable themes (like romance). I squeezed into and out of the form, trying to make space for my body and the complexities of my experience in it. Using the sonnet was a radical choice intended to defy (and also adhere to) limitation and constraint. The freedom to push and redefine the parameters of form is one I have never been able to afford my own form—my body.”
In an interview at the Guardian, Roxane Gay discusses language as control, bodies, incels, what she’s reading and more.
The Nobel prize for literature could be suspected for over a year due to sexual misconduct.
Owning physical books just feels different from owning ebooks:
“The study found that research participants “described being more emotionally attached to physical books, and said they use physical books to establish a sense of self and belonging,” according to the University of Arizona. Book lovers have long lamented the loss of “book smell” that accompanies the use of e-books, and participants also touched on other important aspects of book ownership: the use of bookshelves to curate a persona and the ability to augment the pages of a book with marginal notes, in particular.”
It’s stupid that caring about fashion is considered unserious.
Languages are dying.
Read all these books this summer. Read these 15 feminist books in June. Read the 2018 Best Translated Book Award winners. Read these books about the women Lumberjanes references. Read these books about being exiled. Read these books about long-distance road trips.
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