Stop reading garbage online and start reading all the great books that are coming out in 2021 instead.
One last wave of all the “Best of 2020” lists you can handle! Plus, Roxane Gay is starting a book club, Carmen Maria Machado’s cheese ball recipe, how to be a girl detective, learning to be OK with being bored, and more.
It’s best books season, the addiction-memoir genre has been dominated by men, somehow it will be March again in just three months, and yes — that piece about High Femme Camp Antics that everyone is subtweeting about.
The word of the year is… depends on who you ask. Plus, being very gay online, a trans-only writing class, getting back into journalling and more.
Why literature is so self-aware, living like an artist, caring for others without destroying yourself and more.
What is Afrofuturism, readings on climate and clean energy transition, a new anthology of radical trans poetics and more.
What happens when literary events move online, why we’re obsessed with other people’s bookshelves, lots of horror reading lists and more.
Why private eyes are watching you, watching everything (jk) (probably); computers are machines; banned books to read by writers of color; Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is the first undocumented person to ever be nominated for a National Book Foundation Award; and more.
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.