“How to Write an Autobiographical Novel” by Alexander Chee

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel isn't what its title would suggest, or at least not right away. Reflecting on the experiences of coming into his queerness, becoming an activist, maintaining a garden, preserving a relationship, and more, Alexander Chee teaches his readers how to cultivate a writer's life in this collection of essays.

“David Bowie Made Me Gay” by Darryl W. Bullock

A fascinating look into the past century of LGBTQ music, David Bowie Made Me Gay is a rallying cry in the connections it makes between queer people, music, and the ways we've used the art form to express ourselves even in our darkest times. It documents the music of greats like Ma Rainey and Billie Holiday to …

“A Passage to India” by E.M. Forster

After reading "Maurice," I was excited to read more Forster. "A Passage to India" juxtaposes the prosperity of colonizers with the peril colonialism imposes on those subjugated by them. On a human level, the desperation of humans across cultures to connect fights against the social boundaries over which they obsess so deeply, creating heartbreaking conflicts …

“The Road to Unfreedom” by Timothy Snyder

Historian and journalist Timothy Snyder's latest work is urgent and informative. He tracks the destabilization of democracy in Russia, Europe, and the United States from the late 2000s to now. It also contextualizes how rigged democracies and fascism became the norm in Russia within decades after the October Revolution, as well as outlining the specific …

“The Gay Metropolis” by Charles Kaiser

  I'm currently halfway through this work and it's absolutely thrilling. In documenting the evolution of gay life and gay rights in America, Kaiser defines decades through anecdotes, rather than presenting a sterile or long-winded regurgitation of events. This format not only helps the reader retain defining characteristics of each decade from the 1940's to …