Literature

Books

Morgan Parker’s 'Magical Negro' and the Multiplicity of Blackness

“I was thinking about ‘Black Girl Magic,’ which is cool, but I’m also a real person, so I wanted to explore what is magical about us according to us.”
Dianca Potts
2.21.19
Browsing Black History

Afrofuturism: The Radical Genre Imagining a Future for Black People

Afrofuturism imagines alternative possibilities for Black people through works grounded in the harsh realities of present day. Could their creations help inspire better real-world futures?
Tajja Isen
2.12.19
Books

9 Intimate, Revelatory Books About Queerness

Recent must-reads outside your basic heterosexual canon.
Laura Winnick
9.28.18
Books

7 Books to Guide You Through Grief and Loss

Whether you're mourning the death of a loved one or just dealing with the despair of everyday life, these titles will help you heal.
Laura Winnick
9.6.18
Books

A Depressed PhD Student Meets the Merman of Her Wet Dreams in 'The Pisces'

In this exclusive excerpt from Melissa Broder's highly anticipated debut novel, protagonist Lucy meets an eerily sexy swimmer.
Melissa Broder
So Sad Today
5.1.18
You Know Who Rules?

The Woman Working to Ensure No Community Is Left Without Literature

Lisa Lucas is the first black woman to be named executive director of the National Book Foundation—and in her second year in the position, her vision is more ambitious than ever.
Linda Yang
12.9.17
Culture

The Shockingly Convincing Argument That Severus Snape Is Transgender

On Tumblr, a community of Harry Potter scholars has spent years poring over the fantasy series and has come to the only possible conclusion: the Potions professor is a transgender woman.
Diana Tourjée
6.29.17
Science

Science Has Consistently Underestimated Women Because Scientists Are Sexist

In her new book, "Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong," Angela Saini argues that the "sexist baggage" within science has made us—mistakenly—believe women are weaker than men.
Sirin Kale
6.21.17
Books

Talking with a Child Soldier and the Young Man He Refused to Kill

He was 13 and meant to kill him. Instead, they escaped and later reunited in Canada.
Mitchell Sunderland
5.28.17
Books

I Tried and Failed to Learn Manners from Bill O'Reilly's Children's Book

Who better to teach me when to say "please" than a Fox News host, who was just ousted from Fox News after reports of settling multiple sexual harassment lawsuits?
Mitchell Sunderland
4.21.17
running

New Novel Explores Queer Life and Terrorism in 1990s Greece

When Cara Hoffman started writing 'Running,' she couldn't predict its parallels to politics today.
Mitchell Sunderland
3.2.17
Books

Exploring the Terror of Motherhood with Latin America's Most Promising Novelist

Samanta Schweblin is an Argentinian prodigy whose work has already been translated into twenty languages. Now her mesmerizing, frightening debut novel ‘Fever Dream’ has been translated into English for the first time.
Sirin Kale
1.30.17
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