The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

Sarah Moon James Lecesne Armistead Maupin Michael Cunningham Jacqueline Woodson Mayra Lazara Dole Amy Bloom Gregory Maguire / Jun 04, 2020

The Letter Q Queer Writers Notes to their Younger Selves If you received a letter from your older self what do you think it would say What do you wish it would say That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too and that you become bo

  • Title: The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves
  • Author: Sarah Moon James Lecesne Armistead Maupin Michael Cunningham Jacqueline Woodson Mayra Lazara Dole Amy Bloom Gregory Maguire
  • ISBN: 9780545399326
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say What do you wish it would say That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won t remember his name until he shows up at your book sigIf you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say What do you wish it would say That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won t remember his name until he shows up at your book signing In this anthology, sixty three award winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before And they will tell you about yourself.

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      • Sarah Moon James Lecesne Armistead Maupin Michael Cunningham Jacqueline Woodson Mayra Lazara Dole Amy Bloom Gregory Maguire

        Sarah Moon is a teacher, writer, and translator She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


    475 Comments

    1. I inhaled the first one hundred pages of this volume in one sitting, and then I was trying figure out why that was. Moreover, I was trying to figure out why I was enjoying this book so much more than It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, which I anticipated loving and then didn't. After another hundred pages of The Letter Q, I figured it out: I liked the specificity. The authors, actors, artists, and other creatives in this volume are addressing their [...]


    2. The Letter Q is a series of letters written from several gay authors to their younger selves. Many of these letter are affirmations, positive declarations about who the younger person will become. This collection is edited by Sarah Moon. Within the pages of this slim book the reader will find 64 of the most provocative, sad, enlightening, inspiring tales you may ever read. The tales vacillate from comic to tragic and all of the in-betweens. I found a little bit of wisdom to come out of ever sing [...]


    3. Didn't finish, such a mixed bag. The letters by authors and artists I love were predictably fabulous (Erika Moen, Michael Cunningham), and it was sweet to read their reflections about their younger selves, but really I think this book is marketing itself falsely. I got two thirds through without a singe letter by a trans person, at which point I gave up. If you're going to exclude trans people, just say that your book is for LGB people. Otherwise I will get the rages. Which I did. If you can't e [...]


    4. The Good StuffDavid Levithan's essay was so hilarious yet sweet and honest - will now be looking for some of his writing A good mixture of humour, sadness and anger The message of hope and forgiveness is so prevalent and beautifully and honestly done Very powerful and inspiring Brian Selznick's essay was extremely funny and tender Martin Moran's essay is heartbreaking, so brave to have told his story - such strength of character and a very inspiring story to those LGBT youths with thoughts of su [...]


    5. What a wonderful collection of stories written by adults to their younger selves. It is basically 64 people saying to young people to hang in there because life really does get better with every life experience you have.


    6. In this book, gay writers pen letters to themselves at a younger age. Some of the letters are moving, some funny, and all of them have good advice for any teen struggling with identity and issues of sexuality. Quite an interesting book.




    7. actual rating: 2.5 stars.I really wanted to rate this higher. On the one hand, I love the concept: a bunch of adult queer writers and the advice they'd give younger versions of themselves. It's a beautiful concept, and one that I think could really help today's teens. That being said, this book is marketed as a queer / LGBT+ book, when it's 85% L/G with a splash of B for color.Assuming I didn't miss something super subtle, none of the 65 essays are written by trans authors. Not a single essay me [...]




    8. Originally posted at Hooked on BooksHow do I even begin to write a review of this collection? No matter what I write it won't be enough to express the impact this The Letter Q had on me.Every single letter in this collection was incredibly thoughtful, moving and most of all brave. These authors really put themselves out there. All their fears, struggles, confession - they didn't hold back. And I have a huge amount of respect for them. It couldn't have been easy for Julie Anne Peters to admit tha [...]


    9. What a wonderful idea for a book! Sixty-four authors and illustrators write letters to their younger selves, offering advice and inspiration. In a sort of "If I'd known then what I know now" fashion, the short entries offer insight into their lives as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals. All are reminders that it does get better if you can just hold on. After all, high school is not life, and there is hope for everyone. Because the letters come from so many different creative spi [...]


    10. The Letter Q:Queer Writers’ Notes To Their Younger SelvesSarah Moon, editorJames Lecesne, contributing editorArthur A. Levine Books, May 2012ISBN 978-0-545-39932-6Hardcover (ARC)The title of this remarkable anthology says it all—a multitude of LGBT authors, more than sixty of them, have come together to tell themselves as young adults what they wish they had known back then. In doing so, they also are reaching out to today’s youth who are struggling with their sexual identities, letting th [...]


    11. If you could tell your younger self anything, absolutely anything, what would you say. Well that’s what The Letter Q edited by Sarah Moon showcased, but the special thing about this book was that fact that it was comprised of all queer writers(LGBT). I was attracted to this book because I was extremely interested in what someone would tell themselves and then use their advice to apply to myself in order to enhance my life.As a whole, this book had everything from the boy who dreamed of having [...]


    12. This is a collection of letters, notes, and comic strips from sixty-four award-winning writers and illustrators such as Michael Cunningham, Terrence McNally, Amy Bloom, Armistead Maupin, David Leavitt, Christopher Rice, and Susan Stinson. Each of these “letters” are messages the authors have written to their younger selves to ease the bumpy road of growing up an lgbt youth, all in the tone of “It Gets Better.” They give bracingly honest reasons for young people to tough it out, and hold [...]


    13. The Letter Q is a poignant collection of countless letters from several LGBT authors to their younger selves holding hope, wisdom and hindsight. The book is beautifully bound, its pages smooth and able to withstand time and tears. The short letters invite the reader into the heads and personal lives of not the children these authors were but also the adults they have become. While many of the letters entreat their younger selves not to give in, not to give up and not to capitulate to what societ [...]


    14. 3.5 stars. Perhaps it would have been a better experience if I hadn't wolfed down the book in two or three sittings, because at times the stories started feeling redundant. But all the pieces were heartfelt, many were beautifully written, and there are diverse voices in here, though a little more diversity is always a desirable improvement. The comics were great, especially the ones by Lucy Knisley and Michael DiMotta. And I loved Diane DiMassa's piece for its grit and refusal to sugar coat adul [...]


    15. This collection of letters from LGBT writers to their younger selves is, for the most part, a fascinating and marvelous compilation. Infused with hope, these letters are projected as the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, many of them containing universal truths that stretch far beyond simply the measure of gay or straight. Serving as a reminder that each of the trials of adolescence will carve a path towards a full and enriched life, the messages confront the deeply personal struggles o [...]


    16. Many of the letters to the authors' teen selves in The Letter Q knotted up my stomach and / or brought tears to my eyes. They write with an honesty that is at times poignant, and at other times, are funny and heartwarming. Although it's directed toward LGBT teens, I think readers of all ages and sexual orientations will enjoy this book, and of course, buying this book is sure to save lives. Why? Well, part of the profits will go toward the Trevor Project, the leading, national nonprofit organiza [...]


    17. really, smashingly, fantastic; often moved me to tearsis compilation works so well because it's so personal and partly because they're all following a prompt - to write a letter to your younger self. it was so interesting and enlightening to see how these writers thought of themselves, to see how they struggled, the love they have now (whether physical, emotional, or general) and to see at what age they choose to address themselves. at what point in their lives did they choose and for what reaso [...]


    18. A spin-off from the "It Gets Better" project, this book is a collection of essays by GLBT writers who are writing letters of encouragement to their younger selves. While the concept is interesting, and many of these are really great, there are a LOT of them. I literally started getting bored about half way through and began skimming through an essay to see if it was more-of-the-same or worth reading more carefully.


    19. Actually 3,5: I did enjoy most of The Letter Q, but it did get a bit repetitive after a while and sadly there are no letters from trans writers (and I think asexual writers are also missing, but I could be wrong Which is telling because apparently I´m already forgetting most of these letters.)Still a book full of hopeful messages for readers of all ages.


    20. Honest, encouraging, humorous, loving, sincere -- this collection of letters by queer writers captures why it's beautiful to be alive. The diversity of the authors featured in terms of age, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity is also refreshing.


    21. This is a collection of letter in which gay authors write to their younger selves. Some of these are so sweet, so lovely and strangely so full of hope. They did become a bit repetitive for me, so might be better read in short bursts with something else in between.


    22. I love the premise of the (2012) book, The Letter Q (edited) by Sarah Moon & James Lecesne ~ with the idea that we might write a letter to our younger selves, in order to resolve some incidental, certainly at some time incendiary, still uncomfortable issue from our past, in order to reaffirm who, what & where we have become in our future state-of-mind. As if our younger selves were still out there somewhere & could affect a change from the past to alter somehow our contemporary selve [...]


    23. This was, truly, so wonderful. "When you encounter people who have small minds or tiny hearts [], try not to be too discouraged. Don't take it personally and don't waste time convincing yourself that they have the right idea. They don't. Remind yourself that they may be members of your species, but they do not belong to your tribe - and you won't belong to theirs. Go find your own people. And don't allow anyone to make you feel bad because of who you are. Ever."This is a book's worth of personal [...]


    24. This book really made me think of what I would write to my younger self, I would tell her Dear Simonelife doesn't begin and end on the council estate in Watford. you will end up having a job that you really love and you'll have the confidence to pursue it, that you will find people who "get" you, and you'll stay in touch with the ones who did in the UK thanks to a wonderful site called Facebook. You will find love and the other times where you were cheated on, lied to and emotionally abused will [...]




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