If there is one takeaway I got from James Baldwin’s 1956 classic novel Giovanni’s Room, it’s that internalized homophobia kills.
The Collected Schizophrenias is a memoir and a sociological exploration, an inside story and an academic examination.
A great month of reading for me means a long list of recommendations for you! Plus, a challenge check-in and some stats!
“…this monster, the body, this miracle, its pain, will soon make us taper into mysticism, or rise, with rapid beats of the wings…”
There’s a word that comes to mind for me when I think about this, my first 5-star (and first backlist) read of 2019: serendipity.
A sprawling epic of internal growth, sparked by a love story.
Happy 2019 everyone! I’ve never been much for New Years resolutions because who knows where the year will take me? I will probably need to adapt/modify my goals to some circumstance I don’t foresee, and anyway time is a construct and a calendar change means nothing and all that. But this year, I do want […]
Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith Graywolf Press, 2017 I picked up Don’t Call Us Dead because of my ongoing goal to read a lot of queer voices across genres. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not just reading decisions; life decisions. First, a story. I’ll be the first to admit I can […]
We All Need to Eat by Alex Leslie Book*hug, 2018 (spoiler free) Poetic and timely, the sophomore short story collection We All Need to Eat by Lambda Literary award winning Vancouver writer Alex Leslie explores identity, family, body and love. Soma, a young queer Jewish woman in Vancouver, B.C., is struggling. In these non-chronological stories that chart […]
Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, and reading for the heart. This book is perfect come on in.