Lez Liberty Lit: Stop Reading Garbage Online


Hey there and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit! What if you give yourself permission to stop reading garbage online?

“Eulogies for the creative class are premature. Art workers can organize — and survive,” writes Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein at the New Republic.

It’s time for an Egan vs. Franzen rematch.

What about Sylvia Plath gets lost in the popular imagination?

Magic “has a role to play alongside science and religion.”

Read these queer and feminist books coming this winter. Read these 50 new books in 2021. Read these 228 books in 2021 and also these. Read these 44 books by women of color. Read these 24 books in translation.

These books enter the public domain this year.

Are rainbows 2021’s book cover trend?

Read these feminist retellings of mythology.

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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. Wow I love the “why don’t artists organize?” chart. I’m not an artist but almost all of those are all too real for other fields too. I’d just add for myself, “given up believing that unions / the left / any collective of people [that I’m connected with] will get their shit together enough to make organizing successful”

  2. It sounds so cliché until you realize that it has been forever since you last took an hour or two to simply sit down across from them at a table to talk. Put your phones on silent and out of sight, and just give each other your full attention.

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