Literary Hub: Lit Hub Weekly: April 29 – May 3, 2024

Literary Hub: Lit Hub Weekly: April 29 – May 3, 2024

Aarathi Prasad on how silk helped Genghis Khan conquer a continent. | Lit Hub History “Shortly after 2:30, on the morning of Tuesday, April 30, one thousand New York City policemen marched onto the campus in military formation.” This isn’t the first time students have occupied Hamilton Hall. Charles Kaiser on the 1968 protests at Columbia. | Lit […]

Electric Literature: Electric Literature’s Favorite Indie Bookstores

Electric Literature: Electric Literature’s Favorite Indie Bookstores

Whenever I travel to a new city, my favorite way to get to know the community is to venture into local bookstores. Anything from feminist shops that highlight writers of color to bookstore/cafe hybrids, I never quite know what I’m walking into, and that buzz of excitement never gets old. Last year, we shared some […]

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Electric Literature: Queer People Still Struggle To Find Support, Meaning, and Connection

Electric Literature: Queer People Still Struggle To Find Support, Meaning, and Connection

The film opens with a view of London’s skyline; doused in a deep blue evening sky. Lights of the city blink. The onset of night reveals a man standing behind a window, translucent, looking down. He is shirtless; his arms are crossed; his expression is still and pensive. As he comes into focus, a pale […]

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Electric Literature: In “Beautyland,” An Italian American Extraterrestrial in Philly is Humanity’s Sharpest Scribe

Electric Literature: In “Beautyland,” An Italian American Extraterrestrial in Philly is Humanity’s Sharpest Scribe

“When you say ‘departure,’ what does that mean?” Marie-Helene Bertino asks me.  This question launches our conversation about her new novel, Beautyland. Given that the story opens with spaceship Voyager 1 leaving planet earth, it makes sense that the author is attentive to the semantics of “departure.” I’d used the word as I referenced Bertino’s […]

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