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  Last Night in Nuuk By Niviaq Korneliussen(Black Cat/Grove Press) Last Night In Nuuk earned acclaim when it was originally published in Greenlandic and Danish in 2014, under the title Homo Sapienne. Its author, Niviaq Korneliussen, is young, queer, and Greenlandic, just like her novel’s five main characters. The New Yorker has described her as “perhaps [Greenland’s] most widely read living novelist” and called her work “a turning point in the island’s literary history.” Translated into English by Anna Halager, the book follows Fia, Inuk, Arnaq,...
  Orange World and Other Stories By Karen Russell(Knopf) Orange World is an exquisite example of what author Karen Russell does best. These eight short stories could be confused with modern day fairy tales, a twist on stories that have been told over and over. But with Russell’s flawless craft, they take on a life of their own. The frame is the same: protagonists struggling with a moral dilemma, but they do so in truly unique settings and situations. Russell is an expert at making the ordinary...
  Thirty years ago, HarperCollins published Francesca Lia Block’s debut novel Weetzie Bat, about Weetzie, a high schooler who roams a lush, enchanted Los Angeles with her gay best friend Dirk, both of them looking for love. I first read a galley copy of the novel in 1989, when I was 13 years old and as I finished the first chapter, I knew the way I perceived love, life, and the City of Angels would never be the same. As soon as I finished Weetzie Bat, I...
  As popular a pet as cats are in modern day households, it was the dog that dominated the home and hearth of the 18th and early 19th century. Cats had their admirers, of course, amongst whom were such literary luminaries as Samuel Johnson and Lord Byron, but in general, their primary value lay in their ability to keep the premises free from vermin. It would be some time before cats were viewed as favorably as dogs. Part of this can be blamed on the literature of...
  Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy RiotBy Vivien Goldman(University of Texas Press)   Many books chronicling the history of punk focus on male performers, relegating women to the footnotes. But author Vivien Goldman turns the tables, zeroing in on the rise of women from the 1970s punk scene up until the present day. Having performed as a punk musician herself, in addition to working as a journalist and manager of punk acts, Goldman describes the role of women in the...
    ROCK GODDESS ANI DIFRANCO TELLS ALL IN HER NEW MEMOIR Having written 21 folk-rock albums and two books of poetry, Ani DiFranco is used to putting her thoughts down on the page. But working on her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream (out May 7), forced her to flex a set of muscles she hadn’t used before. “The experience of writing songs is often trancelike,” she explains. “The book thing was much more like whittling—it felt like sculpting out of a huge rock.” No Walls...
Director and alleged child molester Woody Allen has been pitching a memoir to publishers. According to a report from The New York Times, four major publishing houses have turned him down, some saying that they refused to even read the reportedly completed manuscript. “Some publishing executives have used the word ‘toxic’ when describing the challenges of working with Allen” in the current #MeToo environment, the Times wrote; many have cited commercial and publicity risks when explaining their refusal to work with Allen. The contents of...
When comic books first came about, they were supposed to be stories about heroes saving the day, and by today’s standards many comics from the golden period would be considered sexist, no matter how strong the central female character was.  Thankfully, in 2019, this has been changing. More women and marginalized voices are writing comics, and more comics are starting to address larger, societal issues. One such comic is Cecil Castellucci’s newest work with DC Comics, the six-issue mini series Female Furies. Set on the hell planet Apokolips,...
  During the dawn of comics we usually learned the origin story of female characters through the point of view of their male counterparts. Lois Lane exists in relation to Superman, and the same goes for other famous women in comics—it has taken a long time for female characters to have their own autonomy.  DC Ink is changing this in a large way. The new imprint geared towards YA audiences has launched an entire series of graphic novels with all-new origin stories, written by women, starring women. The...
  You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other StoriesBy Kristen Roupenian(Gallery/Scout Press) Author Kristen Roupenian became an overnight literary sensation last year with the publication of her short story “Cat Person” in The New Yorker. But her new collection proves that her meteoric rise is backed up by an exacting eye for power and sexuality, desire and shame, and public versus private moments. A man grapples with his relationship history after his latest breakup turns violent. A woman tries to overcome her urge to bite...