Books

Socialist Anxiety: Sally Rooney’s New Novel Reveals an Author Trapped By Herself

The insistent classification of Rooney’s work as Marxist has long felt like a stretch.

Beautiful Suffering: “Pop Song” Bears Witness to the Power of Different Loves

Maybe it’s human instinct to want to capture our emotions, to bottle and preserve them for others to see. Read more »

Our Internet, Ourselves: 7 Extremely Online Books for the Twitter-Weary

These seven books explain our dysfunctional relationship with the internet. Read more »

“Love in Color” Modernizes the Myths We Love to Hate

Rather than denote these tales as relics of the past, she communicates the value of these myths, stories retold for centuries that reveal all the things that love can be. Read more »

“Diners, Dudes, and Diets” Reveals the Absurdity of Gendered Food

By naming and examining dude food, Emily J.H. Contois gives us the language and historical context for an omnipresent phenomenon we’ve all surely noticed. Read more »

“We Are Watching Eliza Bright” Turns Gamergate into Experimental Fiction

There may be other Gamergate novels to come, but for now, A.E. Osworth has set the bar. Read more »

Ramona Taught Me: An Ode to Beverly Cleary’s Beloved Feminist Icon

Legendary children’s author Beverly Cleary died on March 25, but she left us with the eternal gift of Ramona Q. Read more »

“Caul Baby” Meditates on the Birthing of Black Women’s Lives

The caul bearer is often featured as a prominent figure within mystical and spiritual lore around the world.  Read more »

Not Your Fetish: Trans Erotica Writers Redefine Desirability

Trans people have produced erotica long before 2017 and will continue to do so long after. Read more »

The Act of Naming: “Girlhood” Embraces the Monster Within

We’ll still be called sluts, witches, and harpies, so we may as well rise to the occasion. Read more »

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Know & Tell: The Literary Renaissance of Trans Women Writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »

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 »