Books

“All Boys Aren’t Blue” Offers Hope and Trust to Young Queer Black Readers

George M. Johnson has crafted an intimate community of Black queer readers. Read more »

(No) Escape Zone: Two Authors Bring Us to Terms with Our Mortality

The more we’re encouraged to talk to one another about death, the less scary and anxiety-inducing it is. Read more »

Power Lies: Sarah Kendzior on the America That Made Donald Trump Possible

“Anyone could have found the things I found, and could have put them together.” Read more »

Immigration as Inspiration: Who Gets to Be an All-American Girl?

It’s very hard for people who are not immigrants to really understand what it’s like to move to a place where you don’t speak the language and how hard it is to find a home. Read more »

Samantha Irby on “Wow, No Thank You” and Desanitizing Women’s Lives and Bodies

Samantha Irby will make you cringe as hard as you laugh. Read more »

Love the Hard Way: Reflecting on the Magnificence of “The Bluest Eye”

“Ugliness,” one of the novel’s running themes, is examined under an unforgiving spotlight because it’s such a familiar experience for young Black girls. Read more »

Laugh at My Pain: Finding the Humor in Being a “Black Widow”

Grief is a thing that will live, in some way, in our DNA and our body and be triggered by the wrong song or the wrong turn down the street where you see someone that looks like the person you lost. Read more »

Staying Soft: Megan Giddings Explores the Hypervigilance of Black Women in “Lakewood”

The participants—nearly all people of color—break bones and lose teeth to help advance the future of science and healthcare. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in March

Reading can be such a relief in such strenuous times. Read more »

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Demanding the Impossible: Walidah Imarisha Talks About Science Fiction and Social Change

Before she was a poet, journalist, documentary filmmaker, anti-prison activist, and college instructor, Walidah Imarisha was fascinated... Read more »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  Read more »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »