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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