Rebel Girls: Asking Sara Marcus about Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

(Illustration by Deenah Vollmer) Despite my familiarity with the American underground, I used to think of Riot Grrrl in a limited way, as a regional and stylistic subgenre of ... more

It’s All There: A TFT Review of the Penguin Classics Borges Series

Neil Baldwin |
It was my good fortune to meet the Argentinian master, Jorge Luis Borges on a calm winter evening about thirty years ago at the Salmagundi Club on lower 5th Avenue, where, at ... more

The Man with the Pencil Moustache: TFT Reviews John Waters

Deenah Vollmer |
Fairly or unfairly, what is assigned as a book review sometimes morphs into another kind of criticism and TFT is not one to stand in the way of said morphing. Here we have a re... more

Postcards from the West: A TFT Review of Luc Sante’s Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard, 1905-1930

While secluded in South Dakota, contributor Josh Garrett-Davis sent six photographs-turned-postcards to TFT. These weren’t just postcards to say, “Hello,” but ... more

Third Wavers Turn 40: A TFT Interview with Manifesta authors Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards

Hillary Miller |
It’s the year 2000, and you’re embroiled in a heated debate over the salience of Second Wave feminist organizations while on a car ride to catch that summer’s Lilith Fair. The ... more

Q: What’s included in every Yugo’s owner’s manual? A: A bus schedule.; A TFT Review of The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History by Jason Vuic

Lauren Spohrer |
So the 1984 Summer Olympic Games were in Los Angeles. The Soviets thought the CIA was going to drug Russian athletes and “trick” them into defecting so the Soviet Union and its... more

From Whence It Came: TFT Review of The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

Neil Baldwin |
Point of view is the big challenge for the historian. After years of research, travel, interviews; years of note-taking, transcribing, sorting-out, arranging, using the floor o... more

Love and (No) Marriage: TFT Reviews Hannah Seligson’s “A Little Bit Married”

Jessica Weisberg |
A couple shares a studio apartment in Brooklyn. They have a joint bank account, perhaps a cat, too. His parents keep a Christmas stocking with her name on it. “Boyfriend a... more

Judgment Day: Twittering (Fairly-Recent Nonfiction) Books by Their Covers

Abbey Arnett |
The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed: This book has a lovely cover, feels weighty with knowledge, and has excellent page-feel. However, I don’t think it will make... more

Curbed Enthusiasm: TFT Review of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places by Sharon Zukin

Hillary Miller |
New York City has lost its soul. If this is an argument that you’ve already read and talked about to death, do not turn to Sharon Zukin’s latest offering. But, if this seems li... more

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