On Missing A Bikini Kill Show

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It’s not just punk clubs in small towns that are fragile ecosystems. All the worlds we inhabit are malleable places, made and destroyed and made again.

The Toast has a magnificent piece by Jessanne Collins on the riot-grrrl world as she saw it in 1994 at age 15.

It vibrates with the earnest passion of a teen Bikini Kill fan (as transcribed “in angry handwriting, in a zine I made and distributed to a dozen confused classmates”), but told from the vantage point of an adult who realizes how truly incredible and formative that passion was.

Plus Collins talks to Kathleen Hanna.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →