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.
“They” is the word of the year! Plus: when languages die, when bookstores unionize, when Hilton Als writes on Joan Didion and more.
Queer pleasure as a form of resistance, finding your purpose, the best of the best of lists and more.
Is literary fiction a scam? How do you read the unread books you already own? Are you reading enough books in translation? Wanna read about baby penguins? Click through.
Carmen Maria Machado’s new gothic memoir, why reading is different from experiencing, new Elena Ferrante and more.
“Where are the boundaries between story and real life, between consciousness and an idea?” Plus, the petty errors that pull you out of a piece of writing, how books became a lifestyle brand and, one assumes, a personality, and more.
Halloween reading, all the new (and forthcoming!) Carmen Maria Machado, women reclaiming anger and more.
Nostalgia as a way to connect with diaspora, we are about to lose memory and history, reading on the climate emergency and more.
Why likability is a lie, a new edition of Colonize This!, the publisher reissuing queer genre fiction from the 60s to 90s, abandoning books and more.
Silently reading en masse, language and citizenship, writers remembering Toni Morrison and more.
YA trans literature, a new national Canadian literature by women, how to evaluate what you see and hear and more.
Feeling like a stranger in your body, on M.F.K. Fisher and joy in eating and writing, beach reads and more.
Writing women’s sexuality in literary fiction, digital minimalism, queer summer reading and more.
What a beach read is anyway, a new book about Los Angeles BDSM, the most cursed days for writers and more.
Queer language before we had queer language, a new generation of villainous women, why money doesn’t save artists, the best bad women in fiction, tons of translated titles and more.
“You can have friends or you can correct people’s grammar.” Plus poems about soft bodies on a planet in peril, an argument for binge reading and more.
Carmen Maria Machado, writers’ roles in addressing climate change, why you don’t need to publish a book by 30, a liberated Cinderella, and more!