• Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here

    Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviews editor of Captive Genders

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, edited by Eric Stanley and Nat Smith (published by AK Press) is at once a scathing and necessary analysis of the prison industrial complex. The anthology offers intoxicating glimpses into a history of queer resistance to state tyranny, from 1960s sex worker organizing in San Francisco … Continue reading

Celebrating Black History Month: Now Dig This

All February long, City Lights Bookstore is honoring national Black History Month by featuring authors and books that we feel are essential reading for anyone interested in African American and Black Studies — from the well-known to the less-known, the classics to the contemporary. To find out if a book is in stock, email us … Continue reading

Of Lice and Men

I once had crabs for no less than four months.  During that period my father was diagnosed with cancer and I had to fly down to L.A. to see him through surgery.   In a display of Chinese filial piety, I packed my own towel so I wouldn’t accidentally give my mother my crabs.  No one … Continue reading

Sonia Sanchez reading Toni Cade Bambara

Sonia Sanchez–poet, activist, scholar–was the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement.

Celebrating Black History Month: Toni Cade Bambara

All February long, City Lights Bookstore is honoring national Black History Month by featuring authors and books that we feel are essential reading for anyone interested in African American and Black Studies — from the well-known to the less-known, the classics to the contemporary. To find out if a book is in stock, email us … Continue reading