Lit List: Wednesday September 21, 2016

Good evening readers. Here's a round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.

  • Poem: "Minefields" by Kyle Dargan: "The frequencies of your silence may cause certain types of men to detonate. " (Buzzfeed)
  • Forgotten Woman: The life of Misuzu Kaneko: Bringing to light a poet buried in a nearly unmarked grave. (Electric Literature)
  • Life on Mars: The War of the Worlds and H.G. Wells at 150: Looking back at the author “a central text in the cultural history of Mars.” (TIME)
  • ‘The Story of Egypt’: A look at a gender-bending society where women could rule: A new book revises popular perceptions of one of the world's oldest civilizations. (The Washington Post)
  • Leaving Aleppo: Crossing Syria's Most Dangerous Checkpoints: A student's circular odyssey from Syria to Turkey and back and his struggle to graduate high school and stay alive. (The Rumpus)
  • Imagining a World Without Prisons in Communities Defined by Them: America's massive, draconian prison system is getting harder to justify, and calls to abolish it are getting louder. (NPR)
  • X-Men and the Legacy of AIDS: How superhero comics depicted the epidemic through symbol and metaphor. (The LA Review of Books)
  • What I Pledge Allegiance To: Thinking about the American flag in times of great injustice. (The Fader)