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How could I not have picked up this book from the anarchist bookshop Fort Van Sjakoo in Amsterdam? It’s about several of my biggest passions: archives, libraries, zines, riot grrrl, and feminism. Can you imagine my excitement when I found it? However, despite the interesting subject matter, the book couldn’t continuously hold my attention and left me with quite a lot of questions…
Eichhorn’s study is based on visits to three collections in university archives/libraries – Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University, The Riot Grrrl Collection at New York University, and the Barnard Zine Library – as well as on interviews with its archivists/librarians. These institutions keep some of the most interesting archival materials, DIY publications, and other ephemera from what is called third wave feminism (basicly non-mainstream feminism from the late 80s till the early 2000s, focused more on cultural production than on political activism). I really should visit them one day, especially the Barnard Zine Library is on my list.