Letter From Your Editors
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Hi Insiders!

September is generally a “getting back to business” season and that’s some of what we’ve been up to at Autostraddle. I know this summer has been hard, depressing and weird, but it’s also had its moments. One of my summer highlights was hopping a fence to swim in a nice pool at a big, deserted house with a strangely executed Moroccan architectural theme. The place was empty because it was about to be remodeled and my friend told me that a friendly dyke was watching the house until it was finished, and we could just invite ourselves in. It felt like an appropriately eerie and satisfying pandemic summer excursion.

But in terms of getting back to business, we started off the month with a virtual Shakedown retreat for senior staff. We set some intentions around how we want to demonstrate who we are as a site…

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Kamala Puligandla

Kamala Puligandla lives in LA and is the writer of various autobiographical fictions. She is the distinguished recipient of her parents’ leftovers and hair compliments from strangers on the street. Her first novel is forthcoming from Not A Cult. Find her work at kamalapuligandla.com.

Kamala has written 36 articles for us.