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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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When God Was a Girl

So we’ve been calling She Is Sitting in the Night a collaboration, but if it was that it was largely retroactive—a conversation that started in part before I was born. Literally. Ruth West started working on Thea’s Tarot when I was not yet a zygote, a fact that she is happy to emphasize with phrases like “back when dirt was new,” “when god was a girl, and “you don’t understand because you’re not old enough.”...

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?...

Mothers and Kings

Sometimes interpretation happens backwards and you realize you’ve written thousands of words with only a small grasp on something huge. That probably happens less if you’re a true researcher, which I am not, but even they always end up talking about all the next steps and things to investigate further. Let's just assume that no one gets to the end of a big project feeling like it's absolutely complete....

Tarot Tensions

Lately we’ve been tweaking the final drafts of the tarot manuscript (and finalizing cover designs - thanks Nazik Dakkach!), and something that’s come up editorially is messaging and themes....