If you’re still on the internet in times like this, I salute you and also how the heck do you do that.
For the past few weeks, my news feeds have been an infinite scroll though a continuing carnival of horrors. It’s exhausting to sustain this level of anger; I’ve had to step away from the news multiple times in order to deal with the world.
Of course, the best way I address my frustration is doing something about it: Calling my representatives. (Follow Celeste Pewter on Twitter for her agile updates on how you can pressure your Congressional reps.) Or donating to the candidates who could help flip seats in Congress.
And when I’ve done that, I read.
Believe me: Reading books (or honestly engaging with any kind of art) by people from marginalized groups, about marginalized perspectives, is an act of resistance. It amplifies narratives that have been historically suppressed or erased. They remind me of my connection to humans whose experiences are unlike my own and give me the energy to keep fighting for all of us.
And so, my a summer reading list for angry people. Consider it more of a formula; instead of recommending specific books, I give categories, share what I’m reading and give a few suggestions for fiction and nonfiction (many of which cross over between categories):