KNOCKING MYSELF UP: A Memoir of My (In)Fertility, by Michelle Tea We want things we know will hurt us. We chase happy endings we know are myths.

And, sometimes, we look for wholeness in the very institutions and traditions we’ve built our identities in opposition to. Michelle Tea has devoted her career to chronicling the desires, fears and contradictions of contemporary urban American queer life, in genres as wide-ranging as memoir, picture books, the occult and fiction.

Situating herself, her friends and her lovers against the dystopian realities of inequality, climate crisis and capitalism’s most interpersonal effects, Tea’s candid examinations of addiction, pleasure and belonging have embodied and nurtured a subculture.