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Ilana Masad


Lincoln, NE, United States

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  • The Rumpus
  • Read It Forward
  • MEL Magazine
  • Book Riot
  • Electric Literature
  • VICE
  • Brooklyn Magazine
  • The Guardian
  • Timothy McSweeney
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Past articles by Ilana:

Casey McQuiston’s “One Last Stop” Illuminates Queer History

Queer history is many times, many places, many persons. → Read More

Women Authors Subvert Literature’s Legacy of Grieving Madwomen

The suggestion that a certain kind of grief counts as mental illness is troubling, but aren’t the grieving maddened to some extent? → Read More

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #211: Rachel Vorona Cote

“Ultimately, this is who I am. I can only write honestly, and from where I live.” → Read More

Badass Books by Women Journalists

While many of us can agree that feminism isn't a dirty word, women are still underrepresented in journalism. Fill that gender-gap in your bookshelf with these ten badass books by women journalists. → Read More

Madison Prewett Reveals “The Bachelor’s” Obsession with Purity

Madison’s “purity” rhetoric illustrates a much broader, scarier problem with her virginity-focused narrative arc. → Read More

Brandon Taylor on ‘Real Life,’ His Really Real Debut Novel

If you’re in the center of the Venn diagram of “Being Online” and “Being Literary,” you’re already aware of Brandon Taylor. But his Twitter presence... → Read More

Rumpus Original Fiction: The Mother We Share

This is what happens when I listen. I react. → Read More

Art Is Everything: Talking with Alex DiFrancesco

Alex DiFrancesco discusses their new novel, ALL CITY. → Read More

Books About Mental Illness That Remind Us We're Not Alone

"When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” Indeed—and reading books about mental illness can help you feel less alone. → Read More

15 Books to Help You Cope With Anxiety

Featuring a variety of methods, philosophies, and experts, these books for anxiety will help you learn new ways to cope with your anxiety and stress, pursue stillness, and reach for joy. → Read More

An Essential Reading List for Pride Month

We love celebrating Pride Month the best way we know how: with books! Including a Carson McCullers classic and a queer revisionist history of the U.S., we've got your TBR stack sorted. → Read More

Helen Oyeyemi’s "Gingerbread" Is a Delightful Feast

Helen Oyeyemi’s new novel, "Gingerbread," takes on the deeper question behind Hansel and Gretel’s story. → Read More

Best August Books: Our Favorite New Titles At

Summer's winding down, but there's no shortage of exciting new titles. Check out our roundup of the best August books, and let us know what you think on Twitter @ReadItForward! → Read More

Best July Books: Our Favorite New Titles At

Obama's White House stenographer, Mary Bennet reimagined, a man returning to his childhood Russia—don't miss our roundup of the best July books. → Read More

The Best Books of Summer 2018

Flying circus performers, a war veteran resorting to robbing banks, and a woman who won't bend to the government—the best books of summer 2018 are full of fascinating voices. → Read More

Best June Books: Our Favorite New Titles At

Happy Pride Month to all, and a special shoutout to the LGBTQIA+ authors with new book releases! Don't miss out on RIF's favorite reads of June. → Read More

Best May Books: Our Favorite New Titles At

Things are heating up, and you know what that means: time to stock up on summer reads! Check out the most exciting new book releases. → Read More

Best April Books: Our Favorite New Titles at

As much as we'd love to, we can't read ALL the books—but we can round up the best book releases of April. Try one, try them all, and pass on your favorites to friends. → Read More

Middlemarch Meets Meg Wolitzer

Everyone's talking about Meg Wolitzer's The Female Persuasion (for good reason!). If you're moved by Wolitzer's cultural commentary about gender equality and white feminism, try out George Eliot's classic, Middlemarch. → Read More

Read It Forward's Best Books of March 2018

March Madness is upon us—which means another round of excellent books. Check out the best books published this month, picked by the staff of Read It Forward. → Read More