Literature

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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.

Where There's Smoke: Sherman Alexie and the Toll of Literary Tokenism

Alexie was the singular voice of Native American literature. Maybe he shouldn’t have been. Read more »

Trauma or Tragedy: Disability Representation in Children’s Books Has a Long Way to Go

It isn’t easy to find a children’s book or young adult novel that accurately depicts disability. Read more »

Andrea Gibson’s “Lord of the Butterflies” Celebrates Constant Transformation

In their fifth collection of poetry, Lord of the Butterflies, Andrea Gibson resists tidy narratives in favor of dramatizing a life that’s vibrant with constant transformation. Read more »

Bitch in a Box: Creepy Holidays

These picks will satisfy everyone on your list who is more “strange and unusual” than “holly and jolly.” Read more »

20th Century Boy: In the 1930s, the Word “Transsexual” Didn't Exist in the English Language. So Laura Dillon Had to Label Herself.

No literature at all existed to guide those female-bodied people who wished to become men. Read more »

Dear Lane: “How To Be Alone” is Vulnerable, Funny, and Profoundly Healing

How To Be Alone gave me closure for trauma. Read more »

Turning Fury Into Fuel: Three Women Authors on Publishing’s New Investment in Anger

Infiltrating the toxic architecture, learning and exposing its mechanics, cutting the wires, and burning it all down is my type of Trojan Horse chess play—being strategic and precise, turning fury into fortitude. Read more »

Political Revisioning: How Men Police Women’s Anger in Writing Workshops

Our bodies and the way we are visibly coded determines if our anger can be “justified” in the eyes of the viewer. Read more »

Et Tu, Brutes: Donna Zuckerberg on How Misogyny Red-Pilled the Classics

When the Red Pillers—online communities of far-right, anti-feminist men—need to back up their misogynist and racist claims, they look to Ovid, Euripides, or the Stoics. Read more »

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