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Rainbow Reading: More Like Mercury READtrograde, Am I Right!

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Hi everyone! It’s Yashwina, back with my metal detector and everything I’ve dug up on the literary internet over the last couple weeks. We’ve survived Mercury Retrograde (well, mostly) and it’s been a doozy. Maybe I’ve gone over the same page eleventy bazillion times, my relationship to language may be a little threadbare, but on the bright side — there has been so much good shit to read!

Alrighty, folks, let’s make like a boulder and roll. On this week’s Rainbow Reading, we’ve got:

Shelf Care: Reviews, Essays, and other Things of Note

When one is trying to write about sex, if you’re doing it right, something happens in the prose that is unpredictable and kind of wild.


Grace Lavery in her interview with Drew about her new memoir,
Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis

Autocorrect: Books content from the last couple weeks at Autostraddle!

I’m still hooked on AUTOSTRADDLE THEMED WORDLE — never been more protective of a streak in my life!

That’s all she wrote, folks! If you’re a queer writer, particularly an early-career queer writer: I’d love to hear about the cool things you’re up to so that I can share links to your published essays, book reviews, short stories, poems, and longform features on LGBTQ+ topics! Please email me links for consideration at [email protected] with the subject line “Rainbow Reading Submission” — I’m an avid browser-tab-collector, and I especially want to hear from you if you’ve just landed your first publication or first major byline.

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Yashwina Canter is a reader, writer, and dyke putting down roots in Portland, Oregon. You can find her online at @yashwinacanter.

Yashwina has written 53 articles for us.


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