Lez Liberty Lit: Reclaiming Anger


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

Edwidge Danticat spoke to Karissa Chen at Electric Literature on Everything Inside, her first collection of short stories in 20 years; short stories as a form; generational gaps; immigration and migration; the Haitian diaspora; and more.

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At Electric Literature, Leticia Urieta interviewed Lilly Dancyger, editor of Burn it Down, on women’s anger:

“Many women are tapping into and reclaiming anger that they have been repressing or explaining away that they didn’t know was there. I think that collectively we are angry. Women are so conditioned not to get angry or not to show it when we are. We are supposed to be nice and sweet and kind. So for a lot of people who are experiencing this cultural and communal anger, it is an uncomfortable and confusing experience and they don’t know what to do with it or even if they are right to express it.”

Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir, In The Dream House, comes out 3 November. But she also recently edited The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 and, at the Millions, discussed the collection and genre fiction as a form:

“Genre is a mix of expectation and rules. If I tell you a story is realist, and then a dragon shows up, I’ve broken those expectations and rules. The same is true of SF/F and horror. Genre is a taxonomy. It’s a way to describe a story. People assign value, but there is no inherent value. Commercial fiction delivers plot-driven stories; what they are on the face of it is what they are. Literary fiction is concerned with language, and with psychology. You can have commercial realism and literary science fiction. They don’t exist in tension with each other. I’m really interested in sentences and language, and when I see that an author isn’t, I bounce out of the work. The conversation around this is exhausting. It’s endless. It’s no longer 1993, why are we still focused on it?”

You can also read Machado on the meals of her 20s.

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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 never got to be that horrible of a goose, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the headline was exactly as described. “If You Really Want to Enact Vengeance Upon the Horrible Goose” was particularly unexpected. And it sounds like Frankisstein is one to watch out for!

    • I loved Frankisstein in the way I love pretty much all Winterson;s books: bonkers/infuriating/glorious in equal measure!Plus had me stopping to Google what was historically accurate ( or not) so ended up down several ‘net rabbit holes…

  2. Can’t wait for Machado’s memoir! That meal piece was delightful and instantly brought memories of my own kitchen desasters and, sometimes, victories.

  3. I absolutely cannot wait to read the new Machado. I know it will destroy me in the best way :(

  4. I was excited to see Edwidge Danticat mentioned! I remember finding her books in high school. Then she came to speak at my college, and I got to see her! I didn’t know she was queer.

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