This zine documents a conversation between a pair of "punk academics whose scholarship has nothing to do with punk." This is definitely the first textThis zine documents a conversation between a pair of "punk academics whose scholarship has nothing to do with punk." This is definitely the first text I've ever read about punk that is written in an academic register. A quote I liked from Mimi Thi Nguyen: "When I first discovered punk, I checked out books on punk from the local library, but I felt no affinity for these stories--largely about the emergence of British punk, but also the New York scene--at all. It seemed so static and staid--oh great, more tortured male geniuses with pretensions to a modernist avant garde!--and so far removed from, or irrelevant to, the scenes I saw around me. Which is not to say I'm not fascinated by what punk stories become canonized (even in all the oral histories that are compiled by punks) before this moment--why are we burdened with reams of paper about The Sex Pistols, but little about Poly Styrene or Vi Subversa?--because it does matter what we know and value about punk parameters. But when I worried about these theories of value--masculinity, modernism, individualism, violence, whatever--that generate our knowledge about what is punk, I wrote about it in zines, not in academic journals, even while in graduate school, because it mattered to me that these erasures or norms not continue IN punk."...more
A beautiful and plainly written book-length essay about living with and writing about fibromyalgia, trauma, being a survivor, and more. Side note: I cA beautiful and plainly written book-length essay about living with and writing about fibromyalgia, trauma, being a survivor, and more. Side note: I can't help but feel a kinship with any writer who mentions riot grrrl in a book on any topic.
Many passages stood out to me, and made me see the world in new ways, but here's one that I reached for a pencil to underline:
"Brautigan's style of misogyny--call it gentle misogyny, subtle misogyny, or microaggresive misogyny--is woven deep throughout the fabric of our culture. Tight little stitches you can barely see. Woven so deep you could love one of his stories so much that a phrase from it is the first thing you think of when you describe your pain--pain caused by a quiet act of violence permitted by this pervasive misogyny."...more
I listened to a podcast episode where Amelia Gray said she set out to write this mystery novel without having read any mystery novels (aside from someI listened to a podcast episode where Amelia Gray said she set out to write this mystery novel without having read any mystery novels (aside from some of the dime store variety she'd bought at a library book sale and read years before as a teen). I found this to be compelling, and the result is an unconventional piece of genre fiction. This could be unsatisfying for readers who want to immerse themselves in a solvable crime in search of culprits and clues. This book is not that! It's more about one man's unraveling after losing his career and his wife in short succession. He is a suspect in his wife's death and he begins find eerie poem-like "threats" on slips of paper hidden in odd spots in his home (buried in a bag of sugar, for example). There's a lot of pretty and surreal writing, references to Saint Apollonia, and short chapters which are ideal for bedtime reading....more
A fantastic book--gorgeously written and full of quiet angst--one of the most affecting things I read all year. Mandatory reading for a niche bracketA fantastic book--gorgeously written and full of quiet angst--one of the most affecting things I read all year. Mandatory reading for a niche bracket I am all about: current and former punk teens with complicated ties to Catholicism. ...more