Literary Hub: Lit Hub Weekly: April 22 – April 26, 2024

Literary Hub: Lit Hub Weekly: April 22 – April 26, 2024

“What if life really was a story? What if you could alter the plot? Assign meaning to the most brutal contempt?” Read from Dorothy Allison’s acceptance speech for Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. | Lit Hub “Medieval English people had no problem believing in climate change and ecosystemic collapse.” What medieval poets […]

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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Los Angeles Review of Books: Haunted Native America: On Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. and Shane Hawk’s “Never Whistle at Night”

FOR A LONG TIME, Indigenous representation in horror literature was limited to an undead collective attached to a particular location: the Indian burial ground. As a cringe horror trope, such nebulous undead Indians often take the blame for supernatural happenings that beset the real estate investments of non-Native people. More recently, horror has been transformed […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: From Aspiration to Constriction: On Three New Books Examining Change in China

THE DECADE THAT preceded the Tiananmen tragedy of 1989 was a remarkable period in the history of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In the drab years following Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) still controlled most aspects of a citizen’s life. To marry, divorce, have children, change jobs, or travel, […]

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Electric Literature: Transformative Solidarity Can Empower Ordinary People in This Terrible Time

Electric Literature: Transformative Solidarity Can Empower Ordinary People in This Terrible Time

“Impediments to unity are so common and copious,” write Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Astra Taylor, “they appear as an ordinary, even intractable, aspect of life.” But for the authors of the new book Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea, division is not some spontaneous or natural thing. Rather, it requires the strategic […]

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Electric Literature: 9 Books that Center Deaf and Hard of Hearing Characters 

Electric Literature: 9 Books that Center Deaf and Hard of Hearing Characters 

Growing up with a pair of hearing aids, it never occurred to me that deafness was an experience. Mostly it was a problem that I was taught to hide. When I started meeting other deaf people my own age, and learning British Sign Language, I began to see deafness from a new perspective. Books, when […]

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