When I was fifteen, I spent most of my time — when I wasn’t babysitting, drinking wine coolers, or making out with acid-heads on rooftops — looking for zines, Philip K. Dick novels, and religious books in bookstores around the East Village. Continue reading
Tag Archives: 90s
Kara, thanks so much for posting that photo from EMP and for the link to those people talking about the panel. And good questions!
I never felt like a cool girl in the 90s. Mainly, I was just trying to have adventures and make out with guys I had crushes on. And I had a lot of crushes. I spent my free time making a lot of mix tapes and reading a lot of books.
Yes, I found a BK fanzine when I was a teenager, but I didn’t find a CD until much, much later.
Meanwhile, Neal scored every single bit of radical feminist, experimental, Kill Rock Stars music that existed, even though he lived in the woods of East Texas. Learning that gave me a lot more respect for the Sam Goody outlets in the Piney Woods and made me think I was pretty lazy in my culture-questing. Continue reading
evelyn mcdonnell, author of the great gen x/motherhood chronicle mamarama, thinks there is a resurgence of interest. not only does evelyn mention this blog, but she also notes kathleen hanna’s recent donation to nyu’s fales library. certainly, the fact that fales now has an entire riot grrrl collection proves the point. as does the fact that the new yorker decided to cover the news. the new yorker writer, macy halford, says she hopes that “as N.Y.U.’s archive continues to expand, so too will its influence outside of the academy—in the lives and words of real, live Riot Grrrls.”
i would like to say: me too. in many ways, riot grrrl is an inspiration for a blog like ours, not only in that both are diy, but in that both (i hope) talk about feminism in a way that feels accessible and real. of course, as a grad student myself, i can barely wait til i can luxuriate with an entire collection of bikini kills in late fall 2010. while i wait, im going to think some deep thoughts about what kathleen has to do with other purported icons of 90s feminism, like the pussycat dolls and bridget jones. oh, and i think i still have some phd applications.