Electric Literature: Autistic Literature Will Flourish When We Stop Insisting That Writers Qualify Their Autism

Electric Literature: Autistic Literature Will Flourish When We Stop Insisting That Writers Qualify Their Autism

Three weeks after my third book came out, I experienced the first unmasked autistic shutdown of my life. What happened was this: driven into the ground by overwhelm—over-stimulated from doing larger events than I was accustomed to doing and feeling visible to readers in ways I’d never been before—I found myself unable to speak for […]

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Electric Literature: 8 Novels Inspired by the Author’s Day Job

Electric Literature: 8 Novels Inspired by the Author’s Day Job

Like many authors, I don’t write alongside a “day job” but rather a portfolio career. For over a decade a key strand of my work has focused on human rights non-fiction editing. During the U.K.’s covid lockdown, the femicide rate spiked even as my clients (frontline workers, activists and academics) struggled to get support for […]

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Electric Literature: 8 Books about the Interdependence Between Humans and Animals

Electric Literature: 8 Books about the Interdependence Between Humans and Animals

Animals are all around us; as I write this, stinkbugs are crawling on my office window, squirrels are busy in the white pines and poplar trees, and (though I can’t see them) deer and bobcats are roaming not far away. Culture usually trains us to draw sharp lines between ourselves and all other species. We […]

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Electric Literature: I Left A Man I Love To Pursue A Truer Life

Electric Literature: I Left A Man I Love To Pursue A Truer Life

“AM I A LESBIAN?” by Rachael Marie Walker Well, well, well. Look at you, @teen-w00lf, back again. You’ve taken this quiz sixteen times. How many times can quiz creator @leavebritneyalone696969 tell you what you are? What are you so afraid of?  It’s up to you if you want to continue. Remember: These quizzes are just […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Novels that Illuminate the Dark Side of Corporate Culture

Electric Literature: 7 Novels that Illuminate the Dark Side of Corporate Culture

“I am a lawyer,” I nodded humbly, breath bated for the reaction I wanted—no, needed—to receive.  I said this to most people I met, as opposed to “I work in a law firm.” An innocuous difference at first, but one which belied a deep reliance on my job for my self-worth. I didn’t merely work […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Novels About Women on a Journey to Figure Out Who They Are

Electric Literature: 7 Novels About Women on a Journey to Figure Out Who They Are

Is an identity crisis just par for the course as human beings? Does it happen to everybody? I wondered this to myself as a friend told me that her brother-in-law had decided, in his late thirties, to hit the pause button on his life. He was going to Bali for two months, she said, to […]

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Electric Literature: A Workshop for Shame and Sexual Energy

Electric Literature: A Workshop for Shame and Sexual Energy

“Erotic Bodywork” by Mark Bessen Standing in line at the H-E-B checkout, I’m mindlessly deleting emails when a photo of a naked, pornographically hot beefcake stretched out on a massage table illuminates my screen. I recoil and quickly pull the front of my jacket around the phone, worried I’ll scandalize a wayward shopper, or worse, […]

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