Hey there and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit! I’m writing to you from Monday night because I don’t know what happens next but it sure doesn’t involve a lot of distraction-free focus.
Apocalypse 1999, by Jude Ellison Sady Doyle, is now available free online for trans kids and by donation for everyone else. In an interview with yes!, Doyle says:
“I wrote this sort of as a means of transitioning almost, I wrote it when I was going through a lot of sort of struggle around my gender. And that made me feel very teenaged again, it made me feel like I was being pitched right back into puberty one more time. I wrote it for the teenager that’s still buried alive inside of a lot of older people.”
Today is a good day to preorder We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, edited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel.
This is a great explainer on Afrofuturism, including why it feels especially relevant in 2020.
Here are some poems about dogs.
Here are the Tamora Pierce series, ranked.
Independent bookstores need a second wave of support.
Does our reverence for nature come from wonder, or horror?
At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tamsyn Muir discusses the butch lesbian sci-fi aesthetic, body horror, and more with Mikaella Clements:
“Gideon as a book itself is the butch lesbian aesthetic that I’ve always wanted to write; that is my teenage self. You’re just lucky that Gideon isn’t walking around with the really ugly, patterned, button-up men’s shirts that we were all wearing in 2006.
I wrote Gideon focusing on an inevitably homoerotic relationship between every woman who stands next to another woman for more than five seconds. It’s an expression of the fact that in the early Noughties when my lesbian mates told me: “You’ve gotta see this movie, it’s gay,” — the understanding was that nothing was going to be gay, but we had to put on our lesbian goggles. In Gideon, the lesbian goggles are fused to your face. It’s impossible to escape. Even the plot relies on women having had terrible affairs with each other. I wanted it to reflect the world as I lived in it, where everybody’s three degrees removed from everybody else, everybody’s ex-girlfriend is another person’s ex-girlfriend, or current girlfriend, or future girlfriend. There is an awareness of everybody’s ability to date each other that I think is not present in a book that has more heterosexual concerns. Writing the series, I wanted it to be a book where every girl could possibly hook up with every other girl.”
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Read this discussion of why we love reading lists and where they come from. Then, read these reading lists:
Read these eight epic journeys in literature. Read these new horror books. Read these small press books from 2020. Read these eight books about hexing the patriarchy. Read these eight trans-inclusive fantasy books. Read these 50 apocalypse novels. Read these 9 YA books this month.