Roxane Gay on Audre Lorde, Emily Hashimoto on writing lesbian sex, Tessa Gratton on reclaiming genderqueer monstrousness and more.
The people who fantasize about library sex, excerpts and fall reading lists galore, Black-owned bookstores and radical bookstores, pandemic creativity and more.
The relationships between boredom, work, art, pandemic, and banana bread; the bourgeois romance of pandemic isolation; read books about “disreputable women” by women writers and more.
Raven Leilani’s Luster and the new vocabulary for morality, how lesbian pulp fiction made one essayist feel normal, a ton of new memoirs and more.
What do we do with unthinkable thoughts in the time of covid? Plus: how crime fiction enables police brutality, zines and self-discovery, celebrating the Clueless anniversary, every book you’ll want to read for the next five months and more.
The past and future of trans narratives, a new Black-owned bookstore in the Twin Cities, updates on everyone’s pandemic diaries and more.
The problem with new anti-racist book clubs, 50 Black-owned bookstores to support, writing good sex scenes and more.
How to find a queer incarcerated penpal, why it is correct to capitalize Black, “The Vanishing Half,” “You Exist Too Much,” living in the Cool Zone, it’s time for publishing to ditch its conservative authors and more.
Readings and reading lists on Black radicalism, dismantling white supremacy, antiracism, police brutality and more.
A time capsule of queer Los Angeles, how paying attention matters, read “A Quick and Easy Guide to Sex and Disability,” black queer writers winning Pulitzer Prizes and more.
Books to break your reading slumps, queer adult comics creators living under FOSTA/SESTA, new Simone de Beauvoir, Meryl Streep’s bookshelves and more.
Art supply care packages, what even is “normal,” just get weird and more.
Supporting small booksellers online, Samantha Irby on writing, reading or not reading books about pandemics, why it’s time to keep a journal and more.
1.4 million free books, virtual museum tours, maintaining a creative practice (but maybe not starting that coronavirus novel) and more.
Pandemic reading, writers speaking for themselves rather than for their communities, new books on mental health and more.
New original fiction by Carmen Maria Machado, approaching queer community from a place of love, on being publicly shamed, linguistic gatekeeping and more.
Finding queer desire in literature, why it can feel uncomfortable to read queer romance, two lesbian poets writing under the same pseudonym and more.
The discourse around American Dirt, finding gay hope in The Bluest Eye, what it’d be like if books had smells and more.
Gay sex in great literature, healing from ancestral trauma, Zora Neal Hurston’s legacy, and more.
Reading goals as a personal hell, memes as a new kind of formalism, a dare to not be productive and more.