Lez Liberty Lit: Time, Faith, Momentum

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Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit.

The United Nations climate change report is mandatory reading.

Time, faith, momentum are the keys to sparking and sustaining creativity, Mona Awad tells Lit Hub.

Here’s how toxic positivity took over the internet.

Edge Case is about the anxiety of an expiring visa.

“In a society like ours that conflates work with identity, the fear is not only that one’s job could become obsolete, but that one’s very self could become obsolete as well,” at Real Life. I also really loved this: “the economy’s incessant claims on our time and energy diminishes our engagement in non-commodified activities. According to Illich, it is only the willing acceptance of limits — a sense of enoughness — that can stop monopolistic institutions from appropriating the totality of the Earth’s available resources, including our identities, in their constant quest for growth.”

Phones don’t ruin the museum experience, they make its fundamentals more explicit:

“Sometimes phones are treated as though they have disrupted how museums operate, causing them to radically alter themselves to accommodate the phone’s implications. But the pre-existing museum effect has also shaped how people have come to use phones. In other words, the phone, like the museum, is a way of seeing. There is a “phone effect” that changes what we perceive and implies a certain kind of interest. How people use phones in museums is not so much disruptive as it is clarifying of museums’ already established complicity with consumerism.

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Carolyn Yates was the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor for Autostraddle.com, with bylines in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, Xtra!, Jezebel, and elsewhere. They live in Los Angeles and also on twitter and instagram.

Carolyn has written 1127 articles for us.

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