10 Essential Books About Writing

Must-read titles for writers include works by Elena Ferrante, Akwaeke Emezi, Meg Wolitzer, Yoko Ogawa, and more.

Adventures in Feministory: Jean Rhys

  In 1966, when Jean Rhys was 76 years old, her novel Wide Sargasso Sea was published. The novel, a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, is told from the perspective of the Caribbean Creole “... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

I first heard of Danielle Evans (the author, not the next top model) when Thea Lim excerpted her blog post “Smart Conversations about MFA programs” for its critique of privilege on... Read more »

Kitchen Sister: A Q&A with Cooking in Heels Author Ceyenne Doroshow

Positive images of transgender women in American culture have been few and far between. Television shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and films like TransAmerica have increased visibility of the MTF community over the years, but there is still a lot of progress to be made, and... Read more »

RetroPop: Britney Spears and Virginia Woolf

What do the secret lives of Britney Spears and Virginia Woolf have in common? More than you think. Read more »

Read This: Fifty Shades of Roiphe

Our very own Andi Zeisler reviewed Katie Roiphe’s new essay collection In Praise of Messy Lives for the Los Angeles Review... Read more »

BiblioBitch: PoC Zine Project

I’ll admit, I kind of fudged when I said this would be a three-part series about zine artists I love. Honestly, I could probably do a fifty part series on zine artists I love, then publish it as a memoir called Can I Be You? But I’m not doing that, and instead, I’m going... Read more »

Sugar Rush : Speaking with author and advice columnist Cheryl Strayed

Two years ago, my mother died. She was 48, I was 25. I turned to Sugar in a voracious, all-consuming way. Not sweets—I devoured “Dear Sugar,” an online advice column at the literary website the Rumpus. I had trouble describing “Dear Sugar” to others, explaining why it was more than an... Read more »

WTF Files: "Planned Bullyhood"? Really, Karen Handel? REALLY?

<img src=”” alt=the cover of Planned Bullyhood, which features a ripped pink ribbon” align=”left” hspace=”10” />You may recall former Susan G. Komen executive Karen Handel from... Read more »

BitchTapes: Fictional Bands

Fictional Band Fun! from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio   This week on BitchTapes I would like to honor those fictional bands that never get any recognition... Read more »

Sm{art}: Diggin' Deep With Cristy C. Road

Cristy C. Road, a Miami-raised, Brooklyn-based, Cuban-American illustrator, writer, and of course, total dreamboat, is no stranger to DIY, punk, queer, zine, and activist communities all over the place, and certainly no stranger to the pages of... Read more »


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 »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »