Lez Liberty Lit: The New Comics Sans


Hi and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit! Time for some escapism? At Jezebel, Kelly Stout writes, “Century Gothic is the new Comic Sans.” Comic Sans is still worse though, in my opinion, because one of these typefaces is chaotic evil and the other is lawful neutral, guess which is which. (Actually I’m really curious about why Helvetica wasn’t a contender for the title of “worst” but maybe hatin’ on Helvetica was, in a sense, itself the Comic Sans of 2013?) Anyway let’s argue gently about typography in the comments!

Things About Queer Books (And Other Books Relevant To Your Interests)

At Hazlitt, Morgan Jerkins writes about Black artists’ attempts at reconciliation with or escape from America, and notes:

“The desire to escape endures within many Black Americans. It manifests in literal attempts at relocation, as in Canty’s case, but also through our art. ‘I think to be born Black in America,’ said the video and performance artist Lex Brown, ‘is to be fully in touch with, one, the universal existential crisis of being human, two, the crisis of carrying on the body of an un-chosen evidence of the fundamental hypocrisy of America (i.e. home of the free, land of the slaves) and three, the impossibility of escaping or delaying crisis number one because of number two.’ Our perpetual lack of belonging fuels our desire to flee, but where do you turn when there seems to be nowhere to seek refuge?”

“Before the Internet existed, feminist bookstores were my Google, my Craigslist, my OKCupid — and, of course, my Amazon,” writes June Thomas at the Advocate, in a — perhaps idealized — examination of feminist bookstores of the past.

In an interview at the Rumpus, Tara Betts discusses Black women’s representation in comics and sci fi, mixing art and activism, learning to step away from certain conversations, voice and identity, and more.

Here are the queer feminist books you need to read in 2017. Here are eight novels featuring lesbian BDSM that you might enjoy. Read these 100 books by Arab women. And these essential crime reads by women. Also, read these 100 comics, these dystopian novels, and these short novels to read in one night.

Obama reads.

Writers resisted.

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This Chrome extension lets you find out whether the book you’re reading about on the internet is at your local library.

This four year old has read more books than you.

Sometimes you read on the subway, and sometimes you nap.

At the Rumpus, Elizabeth Stark reviewed Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, a newly released collection edited by Manjula Martin, and notes: “Is it writing or money that lies at the heart of what we do?”

The National Book Critics Circle Award finalists have been announced, and include Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, Olivia Laing and more.

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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 love that chrome extension but just an FYI sometimes similar titles will bring up as existing in your local library. For example I tested it on Passing Strange which is coming out in the next week. The extension was like “hey, guess what? The library HAS THIS” and I was confused and excited until I noticed it was a completely different novel. Alas, I will have to wait just a big longer for a 1940’s San Fransisco fantasy novel about women.

    I am so curious.

    • Oooh! I may just have added a calendar notification telling me to download a sample of that the day it’s released.

      • Thats my plan… I feel kind of bad because I am just so tired of first person–so even if its otherwise my cup of tea I’ll have to pass on everything that pov

        • Don’t feel bad! I only very rarely tolerate first person fiction myself, and my list of fiction dealbreakers is so long it’s not even funny.

    • So I was just looking at another book coming out that I am thinking of checking out called a href=”https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F20E73S/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1″>Amberlough: A Novel which is a debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup

      Allowed me to also find Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

      So just going to throw that out there as maybe a fun read

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