Popaganda: Who Writes Our History?

History isn't static—it's the stories we tell ourselves about the past. And that story changes depending on who's doing the telling.  

The Self as Specimen: On "All the Lives I Want" and Feminine Feelings

Alana Massey’s debut collection holds a mirror to our celebrity obsessions and our hesitations toward women making art about themselves.   Read more »

Pressure Makes Perfect: Donna Freitas Examines the Friction Between Public Identity and Personal Authenticity with Mixed Results

Frietas hits all the hot topics of the day—selfies, sexting, bullying, love-hate relationships with smartphones—but seems to be writing for an audience of technology estranged adults. Read more »

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys : Sonya Huber's New Essay Collection is a Multifaceted Look at Life with Chronic Pain

Huber uses pain as a lens through which she examines disability, gender bias, motherhood, and the very basic condition of living in a body. Read more »

"Sanctuary of the Psychic Life": Why poetry matters in the Trump Era

Given the D-list lineup Trump’s team managed to pull together, it’s easy to see why many people believed our 45th president would choose to mark his entry into the... Read more »

Remarkable Acts: Han Kang's latest novel pays tribute to those killed in the Gwangju Uprising

Throughout the book, Han raises the question of what it is that allows groups of people to commit such remarkable acts—both of violence and of bravery.  Read more »

My President Loves to Read

When Obama talks about the power and meaning that he has gleaned from books, I hear the words of every person I’ve ever known who loves to read. Read more »

Stars Within Our Reach: Dava Sobel's Latest Book Honors the women of the Harvard College Observatory

The Glass Universe reads like a series of biographies linked by science and women’s rights, and its stories span more than a century. Read more »

Off the Hook: A Q&A With "American Hookup" Author Lisa Wade

"Students spent a lot of time worrying about whether they were having enough fun, if they were fun people, and if the fun they were having was the 'right' kind of fun: raucous, drunken, sexy, and just a tad perilous. Hooking up is the pinnacle of this." Read more »

Bad Things Milo Yiannopoulos Has Done, In Case His New Publisher Cares (Just Kidding, They Totally Don't Care)

While I wish this book deal was a stunt, a mainstream book publisher actually believes Yiannopoulos’s words are worth publishing. Read more »

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Demanding the Impossible: Walidah Imarisha Talks About Science Fiction and Social Change

Before she was a poet, journalist, documentary filmmaker, anti-prison activist, and college instructor, Walidah Imarisha was fascinated with... Read more »

Know & Tell: The literary renaissance of trans women writers

"By morning a familyof baffled new bodiescaress one another in the sun& each by each,we teach...

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens in... Read more »

Kelly Link Discusses the Feminist Fairy Tales of Angela Carter

The new cover for The Bloody Chamber and Kelly Link, who wrote the introduction for the latest edition. A reluctant vampire queen... Read more »