If you need some help composing New Year’s Resolutions, Yeezy taught me.
Smart piece on media representations of white and non-white people.
Considering our role as authors (makers of media), Suzanne Collins’s interest in racial ambiguity of her characters (including Katniss) forces us all to think about typecasting and the racial overtones of our work, especially in narrative writing.
Afrofuturism in speculative fiction offers a lot of creative outlets for dealing with race in the contemporary (and future) world.
A cool discussion of my girl Octavia and the exclusion of women and authors of color in speculative fiction.
Political science fiction is real and important, and sci-fi nerds need to join forces with social justice ideologies and actively advocate for non-white, non-male authors and narratives.
Another interesting list from Flavorwire on literature. This one includes my writer-crush Kate Zambreno’s Heroines and Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be? (which I obsessively gobbled up in two days, but everyone in the universe still loves to hate), so I forgive some of their weirder inclusions.
Can we just get over Jonathan Franzen already?
Can we appreciate for a minute how many of these texts are multi-genre creative biographies?
Totally into these Taped Faces.
Making the everyday strange.
Lots of delicious literature y’all.
I’ve been nominated for inclusion in the Best of the Net anthology! And by one my favorite journals, no less. So honored!
Give Blood Lotus some love, y’all.
Go Pacific Northwest! So excited to get out of the South.
(Asheville’s on this list too, but AVL is a good spot for people who produce writing without too much concern for the content or quality.)
I chose this groovy essay. Check it out: Gdansk Fever – Identity Theory.