Lez Liberty Lit Is Under, and Lost


Hello and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit! A short one this week because it turns out it’s very ambitious to try to move into a whole new house in under two weeks? Whoops. Point of discussion: As much as I’m clearly endlessly obsessed with linking to books as clutter vs books as a necessary physical presence, do you find that shifts at all for you when you move? What if after you move because you’re over some sort of big life transition and more ready to step into the future probably? What if you feel like you’re past that actually but you also just don’t want to track down more boxes to pack with? All input welcome.

This interview with Carmen Maria Machado at Electric Literature is perfectly normal and fine, and Machado discusses the Gothic genre and queerness, moving towards desire, queer rereadings, and more:

“When I was a girl, I had a vision that beneath my bed existed a set of stairs. In my imagination, if I descended the stairs, I might be able to see everything I had ever wanted to see: every fantasy, every truth. But I knew—I understood, as clearly as you understand what is happening, now—that were I to descend those stairs, and then look up, I would see what was above me as divers do: through a medium dense and rippling, but transparent. I would be under, and lost.”

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What is writers’ role in addressing climate change? At Lit Hub, opening with Cyclone Idai, Amy Brady notes, “This is life in the Anthropocene, an age characterized by humanity’s unprecedented influence on Earth’s atmosphere and weather systems. And in response, artists of all kinds—including novelists and poets—are producing work that speaks to the intense feelings of fear and loss that so many people are wrestling with.”

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Ryan Yates

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 Comment

  1. I never thought I’d ever sell or give away a single one of my books ever, and then I had over 25 boxes of them to move to my next apartment. So, before moving to my current place, I sold/donated a quarter to a third of them plus two bookcases.

    Then I Kondo’d my place a couple of years ago, and now I have room for the past and some space for the future! Good luck on your choices.

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