The story behind the story: jia qing wilson-yang’s Small Beauty

jia qing wilson-yang wanted Small Beauty to be a trans narrative that caught readers off guard: "A lot of the things that I’ve read about and by trans women have cities as such a huge focus. And I wanted to have some sort of reflection of us in other places." She also "wanted to have a book that wasn’t really about being trans or coming out, but where being a trans woman was still central to what was happening in the book."...

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Major to Minor Skepticism

A little more than a decade ago I lived in a large collective house in a small college town. There were six full-time inhabitants, a rotating number of medium- to long-term guests, two bathrooms, one landline, no cellphones; at least half of us had long-distance lovers, and all of us had anxious hearts and a strong propensity for gossip. Sound familiar?...

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