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Book Review: Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

Book Review: Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

Queercore takes us back to the early days of punk through a queer lens. How did queer folks find a sense of place in punk scenes? Beyond music, what other punk media brought us together? How did gender, sexuality, and other queer subjectivities form in and around punk? Through a collection of interviews, a rich oral history of queer punk from coast to coast takes shape, under-underground, as full of love as with aggression, and wholly handmade.

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Book Review: Zen Cho’s Black Water Sister

At its heart, this book isn’t about ghosts, or queerness, or complicated relationships with family and culture (though it certainly contains all of these things). This is a book about the violence and injustice done to women who are bound by love or propriety or culture or religion to people who hurt them.

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Book Review: Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Book Review: Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Alexander Chee stands in the middle of this well-worn and well-loved collection of oddities. As you walk through, picking items up and putting them back down, he tells you about them, talking as much to history and to himself as he is to you.

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Book Review: Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky

What struck me hardest about The Weight of Our Sky is the tenderness and care that Alkaf imbues in her writing, without sacrificing any of the brutality of historical events. The book is careful not to tip the blame for the riots in one direction or the other, but subtly weaves relevant details into the narrative.

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