Real-Life Time-Traveling Fanfic

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The Toast set social media on fire with a piece of literary gossip this week, and like all the best literary gossip, it’s over 100 years old.

Here it is: Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde totally hooked up.

Maybe. Probably. “I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips”? Come on.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →