In his lifetime, writer and activist Charles Shively filled his Boston rowhouse with the printed residue of 20th-century queer liberation. His friend Michael Bronski recalls what he found when packing it up for the Beinecke Library archive—poetry at the heart of politics.
The editor of ArtsEverywhere, Shawn Van Sluys, looks at the special features that the comics form brings to politics, and the uses various North American countercultures have made of them.
A scholar and fan of “life writing,” Anna Poletti nails their “Six Theses on Literature” to the door of our Polity of Literature cathedral, asking what paradoxes and contradictions might lie nascent within this project.
Readers who love what they read sometimes become writers of the same stories. They call it “fan fiction,” even if copyright lawyers call the police. Juli Parrish asks what happens collectively when the line between reading and writing dissolves.
A Rotterdam activist tells the story of his neighbourhood’s recent effort to make its own reading room after the local library branch closed.
In the space of her writing the legendary Kathy Acker found an arsenal of voices that gave her agency and opened readers and writer to a volatile politics. Her biographer, Jason McBride, recalls Acker’s boldest, early efforts.