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Backtalk: Adichie's Transphobic Remarks & Trouble at Thinx

Amy Lam This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss the latest in our problematic faves: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's transphobic remarks. Bitch Media's Global Feminism Writing Fellow, Aqdas Aftab's piece, "Reading Chimamanda Adichie Today: On Racism...Show More Summary

Fiction: A Thriller Tracks the Aftermath of a Swedish School Shooting

In Malin Persson Giolito’s novel “Quicksand,” a privileged teenager relates her role in a mass killing at a Stockholm school.

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #76: Chris Tusa

Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Chris Tusa’s second novel, In the City of Falling Stars (Livingston Press, September 2016), tells a tale of paranoia and intrigue. Maurice Delahoussaye witnesses dead birds falling from the sky, and becomes convinced the air is toxic.

The 9 Most Addictive Books of 2017 (So Far)

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn “Dunn’s dryly humorous story about a marriage that goes dangerously off-road never loses its groove.” This novel about a couple that agrees...Show More Summary

An Interview with John Freeman Gill, Author of "The Gargoyle Hunters"

Gill talks to the Amazon Book Review about his novel of a crumbling family set in the crumbling New York of the mid-1970s, when the city was dirty, dangerous, and on the verge of going bankrupt.

March Madness Round 1 Continues: 8 New Book Duels

Today Professor Moriarty plays head games with Loki, Madame Defarge matches up against Madame Bovary, and the manipulative Napoleon from "Animal Farm" clashes with the cunning Shere Khan from "Jungle Book." See who else is battling in the second half of Round One--and cast your vote to determine who will win.

Rigoberto González on being in the bittersweet club of professionals of color

The first time I realized I had joined the exclusive bittersweet club for professionals of color was at the dinner held in my honor after giving my first reading as a published author. Picture it: Toledo, Ohio, 1999. I knew this was the first of many such social gatherings in which my hosts would...

Because He's There.

Following in your father's footsteps is one thing. It's quite another when they point up the slopes of the world's highest peak. Leif Whittaker talks about My Old Man and the Mountain and what it's like to grow up as the son of a world-class mountaineer.

Nonfiction: The Tooth Divide: Beauty, Class and the Story of Dentistry

In “Teeth,” Mary Otto reveals how the history of dentistry is tied up with notions of beauty, privilege and class.

Creating a Lush World of Trans Woman Literature

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, social worker, and fierce trans femme. Bitch Media not only recognizes the great literary works of artists, but we want to celebrate the artist as person with their own creative practice and personal narrative separate from their celebrated work. Show More Summary

My Body Is Mine

When I started to dance again I insisted silently to myself it was just about the money, but the moment I stepped back in the club, the moment I slithered into my favorite piece of sheer pink lingerie, brushed black mascara onto my eyelashes, and slipped into my eight-inch platform shoes, I felt relieved. Show More Summary

Escaping Time with All Our Wrong Todays

Mastai takes the predictable stakes of time travel (erasing the future, changing the past) and heightens them.

Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow

Women writers of color can apply for the two-week Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, which is being organized by Jack Jones Literary Arts, and will take place between October 16-30, 2017. The retreat will feature daily master classes with agents, editors, and publishing professionals, and comes with a $1,050 stipend. Show More Summary

Real Men Like Poetry

Rough Men, Tough Men Poems of Action and Adventure Cole, ed. 1969 This book caught my eye for both the title and the cover art. I think  the orange pirate look on the guy is a bit creepy. I also want to remind the editor that ladies can be rough, tough and appreciate a bit […]

Surviving Trump: Pankaj Mishra Wants You to See The Donald as a Blessing

When terrorism first erupted in a big way on 9/11, we tended to blame it on Islam or some defects or flaws within a particular community defined by religion. What we utterly failed to see was that terrorism always had deep political,...Show More Summary

Guest Review: Romance’s Rivals by Talia Schaffer

NB: We have another guest review that will be right up the Bitchery’s alley, as it combines romance and historical research. Aw, yeah! This review is from Katherine M. Katherine M. is a postdoctoral researcher of Victorian literature. Show More Summary

The Rec League: Neurodivergent Romance

This Rec League request was spawned by a comment from Dread Pirate Rachel. Here’s the request: Is there a Rec League for romances with neurodivergent heroines? There aren’t many that I can think of. A Desperate Fortune, by Susanna Kearsley, comes to mind, as the contemporary storyline features a heroine with Asperger’s. Show More Summary

Silly Little Show-Biz Book Club: This Is It!—the memoir of Michael Jackson’s doctor—is a morbidly fascinating train wreck

Silly Little Show-Biz Book Club is Nathan Rabin’s ongoing exploration of books involving show business, with a special emphasis on the very bad and the very sleazy. In the subtitle for his memoir This Is It!, Dr. Conrad Murray, the man...Show More Summary

The man and the moment

The centenary of the Russian Revolution has arrived right on time, just as the liberal democratic world is getting a… See the full story of The man and the moment on The Spectator.

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