Description: This is Mimi Nguyen's first zine since publishing the hugely influential and disseminated Race Riot 2 compilation in 2002. Since then, she completed her PhD, a post-doctoral degree, obtained tenure and was promoted to assitant-professor. Yet she remained connected to the underground scene: "Maybe I didn't know if I could 'write that way' anymore. But here it is--a zine about being an old lady punk in the academy, whp rediscovers her zines or misrecognizes her younger self in the studies that her colleagues pursue [...] I thought being in the academy would mark a break of some sort with this past, but instead [...] it is a reminder of what it means to continue to live after punk made me who I am (with its violence, its appetite) but with some of those wild things that once rules my teenage heart having not ended. It is the duration of something that claims me still." She follows up with her thoughts on the academic studies of punk: they mostly seem to fall far short of reality, especially when it comes to whitewashing the culture. In two essays, Mimi discusses how the place of women of colour in the Riot Grrl movement is mostly viewed through their relationship to white women, as opposed to their contributions on their own. She reprints Golnar Nikpour's review/critique of the collection, White Riot: Punk and the Politics of Race, the latter which somehow manages to erase huge swathes of people of colour's punk history. The last two essays are on the lighter side of things. In "Your Daughter is One", Mimi writes about Times Square, a 1980 movie which "captures so much of the romance I had with punk", and in "Punks 1, Reason 0," she goes over the spontaneous and long-prepared reactions to Reagan's death, and his defining relationship to American punk. 52 pages.
From United States
Details: Zine, Half-letter, 60g, $2.50