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The Big Jewcy: Sara Marcus – Riot Grrrl Historian/Author

Everybody has fawned over Sara’s book “Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution.” Everybody including us. Read More

By / June 1, 2011
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The world has a crush on author Sara Marcus. I can’t stress how often I hear someone exclaim “Sara Marcus? I LOVE her!” I’m not surprised, considering how well her new book Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (Harper Perennial) has been received. Sara has also written for Slate, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out New York, and a slew of other outlets and literary journals, but right now, all eyes are on Girls to the Front.

Everyone from Vanity Fair to Publishers Weekly has fawned over the book–throwing words like “compelling” and “inspiring” around so hard you’d think they were in on it from the beginning–but maybe that is the appeal: Riot Grrrl is a movement burned into Gen X’s collective consciousness, but so far, only Sara has given the ladies responsible their due with such a tome.

We’re big fans here at Jewcy, but it’s hard to stand out when Sara’s fanbase includes legends like Kim Gordon and Kathleen Hannah. I am too young to have been a real part of Riot Grrrl as it was happening, but Sara’s writing breathes it back to life; she inhabits her pages so fully that after reading it, I could have sworn I was there too. I saw her read from the book recently and she didn’t just recite the words; she screamed, sang, yelped and whispered them. She lived the reading right there on the stage the same way that she lived the history that is so wonderfully documented in Girls to the Front.

With that said, here are a list of historical events or eras that we feel that Sara could really brighten up if she tackles them in her next book: the invention of Comic Sans, the Pax Romana, the history of Corinth post-Turkish conquest, the life and times of the Goo Goo Dolls, the Mamluk Sultanate and the completion of the world’s largest rubber band ball.